Theoretical Frontiers for Underemployment Research

  • Daniel C. Feldman


As the chapters in this volume highlight, a great deal of important theoretical research has been conducted on underemployment in a wide variety of disciplines: industrial-organizational psychology, labor economics, social psychology, sociology, organizational behavior, human resource management, macroeconomics, industrial and labor relations, community psychology, and public policy. Each, in its own way, has contributed to the substantial body of knowledge we currently possess about underemployment. In this chapter, we identify three directions for theory development which we believe are the most important for future research and that have the greatest potential to integrate research from these numerous disciplines.


Underemployment Person–environment fit Relative deprivation theory Attribution theory Personality 


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  1. 1.Terry College of BusinessUniversity of GeorgiaAthensUSA

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