An Experimental Canadian Survey that Links Workplace Practices and Employee Outcomes: Why it is Needed and How it Works

Statistics Canada Research Paper No. 100

22 Pages Posted: 11 Feb 1998

Date Written: 1997

Abstract

Fundamental changes have taken place in the labor market and among firms in the 1980s and 1990s. In some cases we understand what has occurred, but not why. In other cases the data do not exist to shed light on exactly what is happening, let alone why. Changes in the labor market are often related to changes in the way in which firms are engaging and paying labor, the adoption of new technologies, changes in the types of markets in which firms compete, and other events occurring in firms, i.e., changes on the demand side of the labor market. But data have never existed that allowed events occurring in firms to be related to the outcomes for the workers. This paper outlines why such data are necessary. The example of rising inequality is used to demonstrate the need for such a survey. Also presented is an outline of how the new data can be provided using a new approach to surveying. The proposed survey first surveys establishments and then surveys workers within that establishment. In this way a direct link is made between the activities in the establishment and the outcomes for the workers. Conversely, a direct link is established between the events in the firm and the characteristics of the workers, another area of research that has suffered from a lack of data at the micro-level. This paper outlines why such a survey is needed, the possible content, and research topics that could be addressed with such data.

JEL Classification: J28, J50

Suggested Citation

Picot, Garnett and Wannell, Ted, An Experimental Canadian Survey that Links Workplace Practices and Employee Outcomes: Why it is Needed and How it Works (1997). Statistics Canada Research Paper No. 100, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=59148 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.59148

Garnett Picot (Contact Author)

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Ted Wannell

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