Kalleberg’s research and teaching has focused on topics related to the sociology of work, organizations, occupations and industries, labor markets, and social stratification. His major current projects include a cross-national study of the causes and consequences of precarious work in a number of Asian countries, the impacts of insecure work on families, individuals and communities, and the determinants of mobility out of low-wage jobs in the United States.
Presents original theory and research on precarious work in various parts of the world, identifying social, political, and economic origins, its manifestations in the U.S., Europe, Asia, and the Global South, and its consequences for personal and family life. Examines theories of precarious work; cross-national variations in its features; racial and gender differences in exposure to precarious work; and the policy alternatives that might protect workers from undue risk.
Examines the impact of the liberalizaion of labor markets and welfare systems on the growth of precarious work and job insecurity for indicators of well-being such as economic insecurity, family formation and happiness, in six advanced capitalist democracies: the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Japan, Spain, and Denmark. Demonstrates how active labor market policies and generous social welfare systems can help to protect workers and give employers latitude as they seek to adapt to the rise of national and global competition and the rapidity of sweeping technological changes.