ERIC Number: ED385856
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Dec
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The Write Stuff: Employment and Earnings of Authors, 1970 to 1990.
Alper, Neil O.; Wassall, Gregory H.
A study surveyed and synthesized available information about the employment and earnings of authors over the 1970-1990 period. Data came from United States and other government censuses, a variety of surveys of authors, and from records of writers' unions and professional organizations. Results indicated that: (1) the author occupation is growing rapidly; (2) authors are concentrated in states along the Atlantic and Pacific coasts; (3) members of the author profession are well educated; (4) authors had higher rates of unemployment than other professional and technical workers, but lower rates than other artists; (5) compared to the average artist and the average professional and technical worker, authors were far more likely to be self-employed and less likely to work for private sector employers; (6) real personal income fell by $924 between 1969 and 1989; (7) significant disparities exist between the average earnings of men and women authors; (8) differences in earnings among White, Black, and Hispanic authors were smaller; (9) multiple job holding rates for authors in the United States and other countries were higher than for all other professional workers; (10) authors are primarily white with an average age around 40 years old; and (11) general patterns for authors in the United States tended to hold for authors in other parts of the world. (Contains 42 references and 75 tables of data.) (RS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Sponsor: National Endowment for the Arts, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A