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Sectoral Changes in Employment: An eclectic perspective on 'good' jobs and 'poor' jobs


  • Ingrid Rima


The linkage Keynes established between the volume of employment that business firms require to make a particular number of jobs available provides an operational perspective about the way in which labor markets work. The aggregate supply or Z function is, in fact, a job offer curve. The most significant insight to derive from this curve is that job offers are inseparable from the economy's aggregate expenditure (or demand) level. This interdependency of aggregate supply and aggregate demand is necessary to understand the functioning of labor markets in the real world. This paper argues that a disaggregated model which encapsulates the economy's price-taking and price-making sectors offers a promising analytical tool to gain perspective about 'good jobs' and 'poor jobs' in post-Fordist economies. It is maintained that the sectoral deployment of workers reflects whether employing firms, as price-makers, can capture the increasing returns inherent in modern technology.

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  • Ingrid Rima, 2000. "Sectoral Changes in Employment: An eclectic perspective on 'good' jobs and 'poor' jobs," Review of Political Economy, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 12(2), pages 171-190.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:revpoe:v:12:y:2000:i:2:p:171-190
    DOI: 10.1080/095382500406495

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