Using Qualitative Data to Understand Employer Behaviour in Low-Wage Labour Markets

  • Damian Grimshaw

Abstract

In the field of labour economics there is growing recognition that individual employers, operating in imperfect labour markets, play a strong role in shaping job quality – whether in crafting jobs, allocating workers to jobs, influencing the degree of job security, shaping patterns of horizontal and vertical job mobility or setting wages (Autor et al., 2003; Jones et al., 2003; Manning, 2003a; OECD, 1997). Taken to its limit, this represents a shift away from a model of anonymized labour market processes (in which price is the determining factor) to one where employers are viewed as the main architects of wage and employment structures. While many studies dispute the long-term impact of employer behaviour (recalling Hicks, 1932), it is nevertheless the case that models and studies that incorporate a role for the employer have contributed to many of the theoretical advances in recent years.1

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