Wanted: Better Jobs

The U.S. has a job quality problem.  Even when unemployment is low, millions of Americans work at low-paying jobs that often offer limited opportunities for advancement. 

But it doesn’t have to be that way. Decades of research at MIT and elsewhere indicate that some companies achieve good returns while providing better jobs for frontline workers than many of their competitors do. The key lies in how companies are managed, the choices their leaders make—and the pressures those leaders face from investors.


IWER Faculty Members Coauthor New Report on Management Practices that Foster Economic Mobility

WorkRise has published a new report that reviews and synthesizes academic research on employer practices that foster economic mobility for disadvantaged workers. The report, "Employer Practices and Worker Outcomes: A Landscape Report," was coauthored by faculty affiliated with the MIT Institute for Work and Employment Research (IWER).

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Creating Good Jobs

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The Good Jobs Imperative

A good job is a way out of poverty. With that idea in mind, Barbara Dyer has for decades been focused on good jobs—and, in particular, how organizations can create more of them for workers.

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