Speaker: Arne L. Kalleberg, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The ESRI’s annual Geary Lecture will be held on 16 November. It will be delivered by Arne L. Kalleberg, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Precarious Lives: Insecurity, Exclusion and Well-Being in Advanced Capitalist Democracies

Precarious work (i.e., work that is insecure and uncertain, often low-paying, and in which the risks of work are shifted from employers and the government to workers) has emerged as a serious concern for individuals and families and underlies many of the insecurities that have fueled recent populist political movements.  The impacts of precarious work differ among countries depending on their labor market and welfare system institutions, laws and policies, and cultural factors.  My talk examines how people in six advanced industrial countries representing different welfare and employment regimes—Denmark, Germany, Japan, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States—differ in both their experience of precarious work and in outcomes of precarious work such as job and economic insecurity, entry into the labor force, and subjective well-being.

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