ERIC Number: ED106494
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Jan
On the Process and Consequences of Job Rationing in Oregon's Declining Wood Products Industry. WRDC Discussion Paper No. 4.
Stevens, Joe B.; And Others
The study of the mobility of the wood products labor force was made in response to a predicted decline in manpower needs for the wood products industry in western Oregon and western Washington. Variables affecting workers' employability and mobility were analyzed to determine the potential in Oregon for mobility within and out of the industry, the function of the labor market in distributing jobs, and the interface between the labor market and workers' adaptations. Hypotheses dealt with social marginalization, defined as the process of becoming economically obsolete, and job rationing, defined as the process by which one applicant is selected over another for a particular job. Because of the size of the population studied (a longitudinal study of 50) a random sampling of workers, and 20 in-depth profiles of workers); and because of acknowledged missing observations, evidence in some areas was mixed, and further research is planned. Data from the study are tabulated and discussed at length. Additional formal education and high firm seniority seemed to have low value, and results also suggested that although changing jobs can be a rational response to a tight labor market, the practice threatens workers' re-employability. (MDW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Rockefeller Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Western Rural Development Center, Corvallis, OR.
Note: Paper presented at Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association (1974)