Life After Cutbacks

Tracking California's Aerospace Workers

by Robert F. Schoeni, Michael Dardia, Kevin F. McCarthy, Georges Vernez


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Researchers tested the assumption that aerospace workers had suffered greater employment hardships than workers in comparable nonaerospace industries. Using wage files and unemployment income files from California's Employment Development Department, they studied a very large sample of aerospace workers and a similar sample of nonaerospace durable goods workers. Although 25 percent of the aerospace sample experienced a 15-percent wage reduction between 1989 and 1994, aerospace workers experienced, overall, less hardship than did their nonaerospace counterparts.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter One


  • Chapter Two

    Background: the Aerospace Industry

  • Chapter Three

    The Data and Indicators of Labor Market Success

  • Chapter Four

    Aerospace Workers and Other Durable Workers

  • Chapter Five

    Effects on Specific Groups of Workers

  • Chapter Six

    Evidence from Related Studies

  • Chapter Seven

    Summary of Findings

  • Appendix A

    Comparison of Administrative Information with External Sources

  • Appendix B

    Estimates of Retirement and Migration out of California

  • Appendix C

    Potential Biases in the Pre- and Post-Separation Wage Comparisons

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