Stronger Ladders, Stronger Floors: The Need for Both Supply and Demand Strategies to Improve Workers’ Opportunities by Laura Dresser uses data from Mitnik and Zeidenberg’s paper to explore issues about building career ladders. The paper provides some data to help direct and focus career ladder development, and includes discussion of the need for both supply and demand side strategies when improving jobs.
From Bad to Good Jobs? An Analysis of the Prospects for Career Ladders in the Service Industries by Pablo Mitnik and Matt Zeidenberg discusses the various assumptions that are embedded in career ladder strategies, and investigates the extent to which the very structure of specific service industries may stand in the way of building advancement. The paper provides careful analysis of upward and downward mobility within specific industries, and considers the systematic prospects of career ladder strategies.