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Measuring and Assessing Job Quality

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Sandrine Cazes1, Alexander Hijzen1, Anne Saint-Martin1
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  • 1: OECD, France

18 Dec 2015
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This paper presents the OECD Framework for Measuring and Assessing Job Quality developed jointly by the Employment, Labour and Social Affairs Directorate and the Statistics Directorate of the OECD as part of a broader EU-supported project1 and describes its links to the broader well-being agenda pursued by the OECD. The approach to job quality taken is explicitly multi-dimensional and defined in terms of earnings quality, labour market security and quality of working environment. The paper then discusses measurement choices and indicators selected for each of the three dimensions of job quality, highlighting the main limitations on the data front. Finally, the paper documents job quality across OECD and non OECD countries as well as across socio-economic groups for which data are available.
JEL Classification:
  • I31: Health, Education, and Welfare / Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty / General Welfare, Well-Being
  • J28: Labor and Demographic Economics / Demand and Supply of Labor / Safety ; Job Satisfaction ; Related Public Policy
  • J65: Labor and Demographic Economics / Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers / Unemployment Insurance ; Severance Pay ; Plant Closings
  • J81: Labor and Demographic Economics / Labor Standards: National and International / Working Conditions
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