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The success paradoxWhy we need a holistic theory of social mobility$
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Graeme Atherton

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781447316336

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447316336.001.0001

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The shape of the labour market: hourglass, diamond or molecule?

The shape of the labour market: hourglass, diamond or molecule?

(p.109) Six The shape of the labour market: hourglass, diamond or molecule?
The success paradox

Graeme Atherton

Policy Press

This chapter looks at the relationship between the economic changes affecting contemporary labour markets and the idea of holistic social mobility being developed through this book. It explores the rise of the hourglass economy. It argues though that the hourglass concept however, may however be actually a rather simplistic view of the economy useful to capture some broad changes but less useful at really describing the complexity of the changes that are underway. The chapter considers how looking at the labour market more forensically and in the context of what progression means both within and between jobs in the broader sense the labour market may resemble a pyramid or a molecule. In this more three dimensional conception of the labour market it is less easy to say what sort of mobility i.e. downward, upward or sideways, movement between jobs represents and how different jobs relate to each other.

Keywords:   hourglass pyramid, molecule

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