Declining Middle: The Polarization of Job Quality

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Analysis of changing job quality in the 1980s. Paper examines impacts of the changes on the 1980s on the prospects of various ethnic/gender demographic groups, then discusses implications of these developments for families and public policy.

Two policy findings: data raises importance of public jobs as equitable distribution and make public job creation more important. Also, the rapidly deteriorating quality job opportunities of minority men raises additional concerns for efforts to create viable two-parent families in many communities.

Aspen Institute Community Strategies Group