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Explaining Variation in the Quality of U.S. Retail Jobs


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AUTHORS
Chris Tilly, University of Massachusetts, Boston
Françoise Carré, University of Massachusetts, Boston
Diana Denham, UCLA

PUBLICATION DATE
2010

PUBLISHED IN
Working Paper

ABSTRACT
With this paper, we contribute evidence based on two subsectors of retail, food and consumer electronics, to argue that—notwithstanding the general pattern of low average compensation—there actually is variation across retail jobs in a number of dimensions of job quality. We explore how job quality varies across retail, and examine some of the key factors that impact this variation in the US institutional context.

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