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ERIC Number: ED509919
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Sep
Pages: 65
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 206
Measuring Job Content: Skills, Technology, and Management Practices. Discussion Paper No. 1357-08
Handel, Michael J.
Institute for Research on Poverty
The conceptualization and measurement of key job characteristics has not changed greatly for most social scientists since the Dictionary of Occupational Titles and Quality of Employment surveys were created, despite their recognized limitations. However, debates over the roles of job skill requirements, technology, and new management practices in the growth of inequality have led to renewed interest in better data that directly addresses current research questions. This paper reviews the paradigms that frame current debates, introduces new measures of job content designed specifically to address the issues they raise from the survey of Skills, Technology, and Management Practices (STAMP), and presents evidence on validity and reliability of the new measures. (Contains 6 tables, 1 figure, and 21 footnotes.) [Additional support for this work was provided by the Wisconsin Alumni Research Fund.]
Institute for Research on Poverty. Publications Department, 1180 Observatory Drive, Madison, WI 53706-1393. Tel: 608-262-6358; Fax: 608-265-3119; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Science Foundation; Russell Sage Foundation
Authoring Institution: University of Wisconsin-Madison, Institute for Research on Poverty
Identifiers - Location: Wisconsin