Chutes and Ladders: Navigating the Low-Wage Labor Market

Chutes and Ladders: Navigating the Low-Wage Labor Market

by Katherine S. Newman
     
 

Now that the welfare system has been largely dismantled, the fate of America's poor depends on what happens to them in the low-wage labor market. In this timely volume, Katherine S. Newman explores whether the poorest families benefited from the tight labor markets and good economy in the late 1990s. More than a story of the shifting fortunes of the labor market,… See more details below

Overview

Now that the welfare system has been largely dismantled, the fate of America's poor depends on what happens to them in the low-wage labor market. In this timely volume, Katherine S. Newman explores whether the poorest families benefited from the tight labor markets and good economy in the late 1990s. More than a story of the shifting fortunes of the labor market, Chutes and Ladders asks probing questions about the motivations of low-wage workers, the dreams they have, and their understanding of the rules of the game.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674027534
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
04/28/2008
Series:
Russell Sage Foundation Books at Harvard University Press Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
432
Sales rank:
717,808
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Prologue

1. Lives, in the Long Run

Part I. Chutes and Ladders

2. The Best-Case Scenario
Katherine S. Newman and Chauncy Lennon
3. High Flyers, Low Riders, and the "Up but Not Out" Club

4. All in the Family

5. The National Picture
Helen Connolly, Peter Gottschalk, and Katherine S. Newman

Part II. The Inside View

6. Streetwise Economics
Victor Tan Chen and Katherine S. Newman

7. "This Is the Kind of Life I Want": Work and Welfare in the Boom Years

8. Dreams, Deferred: Aspirations and Obstacles in Work and Family Life

9. Opening the Gates

Appendix A. Study Design

Appendix B. Sample Definitions

Appendix C. Occupational Prestige Scores and the Socioeconomic Index

Appendix D. SIPP Analysis of Wage and Status Change

Notes

Index

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