Future workers' access to good jobs will not be dependent upon educational or skill attainment or labor market demand, but a range of policy-related issues that affect job quality.
This paper focused on low-wage workers—who they are, where they work, where they live, and what their challenges may be in regards to education/skill requirements, job quality, and wages. The authors argued that “workers…will only experience rising living standards if the policy status quo is replaced by more-progressive tax and transfer policies, increase in the real value of the minimum wage, a reversal in falling unionization rates, an expansion (and definitely not a retrenchment) of publically financed social insurance programs, and, crucially, a real commitment to full employment” (p.14). (Abstractor: Author)