Journal Article

Shifting Times: The Evolution of the American Workplace

Abstract: We explore the substantial shifts in the American labor force and workplace over almost 70 years, showing that the identity, education, race and occupations of the average American worker have all been changing. We document big changes in the types of jobs being done by American workers and on the assignment of jobs across workers with different educational levels and other characteristics. Regardless of how much more challenging labor markets become for everyone, the aggregate productivity is higher when the country takes advantage of the talent of all the demographic groups and not just a subset of them.

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Bibliographic Information

Provider: Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

Part of Series: The Regional Economist

Publication Date: 2017

Volume: 25

Issue: 4

Order Number: 2