Flexibility and commitment in the United States labour market

Employment Paper 2001/18

Examines overall employment stability (employment tenure and dislocation) at the national level and investigates the behaviour of firms towards the labour force. Finds evidence of a shift in the labour market towards a weaker attachment between firms and their employees and a shift in the ideology of managers towards increasing flexibility and outsourcing. Considers how public policy might respond to these developments. Covers trends during the 1980s and 1990s.