The Social Economics of Job Quality
Chapter 4: Mapping the Terrain: Review of Existent Indicators of Job Quality
4.1. REVIEW OF EXISTING INDICATORS In this chapter, we review over twenty proposals of job quality indices or systems of indicators. These measures are grouped according to two different criteria: first, according to their scope (national or international); and second, according to the origin of the proposal (policy or academic institutions). In most cases, they are still relatively new proposals, with tentative concepts and methodologies and probably still open to change. The lack of a widely accepted indicator of job quality (compared to other areas, such as development and the Human Development Index) is in itself proof of the immaturity of this area of policy and research. Our survey of existing proposals starts with international institutional indicators, then proceeds with national institutional indicators and finishes with the individual (mostly academic) international and national proposals. Section 4.2 summarizes the main characteristics, overlaps and differences, strengths and shortcomings of the indicators surveyed. 4.1.1. The Laeken Indicators of Job Quality In spite of the minor role played by the EU with respect to social and employment policy, European authorities have been expressing concern about job quality issues for more than a decade. In 2000, the Lisbon and Nice European Councils strongly supported the creation of a system of indicators to monitor poverty and social exclusion in the member countries, recognizing as well the need of indicators for assessing job quality.1 The first step towards a practical application of the EU interest in job quality was taken in 2001, as a result of the...
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