Arne Kalleberg studies labor force issues at the interface of sociology, economics, and psychology. He has written extensively on the emergence of nonstandard work arrangements such as temporary, contract, and part-time work in the US, Asia and Europe. His recent book, Good Jobs, Bad Jobs: The Rise of Polarized and Precarious Employment Systems in the United States, 1970s to 2000s (Russell Sage Foundation, 2011), examines the growing precarity of work and the polarization of jobs with regard to earnings as well as non-economic rewards such as the control people have over their work activities and schedules, especially in balancing work and family. His major current projects include a cross-national study of precarious work in a number of Asian countries (China, India, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam). He is also linking forms of precarious work in the U.S., Europe and Asia to outcomes such as migration and mobility, poverty, family dynamics (such as the transition to adulthood and family formation), social isolation, and happiness and subjective well-being. He is also examining the role of community colleges in workforce preparation in North Carolina as well as the determinants of mobility out of low-wage occupations in the United States.
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