Psychological, Economic, and Social Challenges

  • Douglas C. Maynard
  • Daniel C. Feldman

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Douglas C. Maynard, Daniel C. Feldman
    Pages 1-9
  3. Theoretical Approaches to Studying Underemployment

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
    2. Roger Wilkins, Mark Wooden
      Pages 13-34
    3. Aleksandra Luksyte, Christiane Spitzmueller
      Pages 35-56
  4. The Emergence of Underemployment in Work Populations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 57-57
    2. JoAnn Prause, David Dooley
      Pages 59-80
    3. Meghna Virick
      Pages 81-103
    4. Tim Slack, Leif Jensen
      Pages 127-143
    5. Catherine E. Connelly, Christa L. Wilkin, Daniel G. Gallagher
      Pages 145-162
  5. The Effects of Underemployment

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 163-163
    2. Michael R. Bashshur, Ana Hernández, José María Peiró
      Pages 187-213
    3. Berrin Erdogan, Talya N. Bauer
      Pages 215-232
    4. David S. Pedulla, Katherine S. Newman
      Pages 233-250
  6. Directions for Future Research and Management Practice

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 251-251
    2. Daniel C. Feldman
      Pages 277-305
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 307-317

About this book



Psychological, Economic, and Social Challenges


Douglas C. Maynard and Daniel C. Feldman, Editors


While joblessness is a signature problem during times of economic stress, underemployment —the lack of adequate, meaningful work—affects large numbers of workers even during relative prosperity. Historically overshadowed by unemployment, the pervasive and serious social problem of underemployment warrants

 greater attention from scholars in a variety of disciplines.


Recognizing underemployment as a series of related phenomena (e.g., fewer hours of work, poor pay, jobs for which workers are overqualified), Underemployment: Psychological, Economic, and Social Challenges is the first book to provide an in-depth examination of the causes, dynamics, and consequences of underemployment and how the problem might be addressed. Experts from management, economics, psychology, and sociology present their unique approaches to understanding underemployment in terms of theory development, empirical findings, and implications for policy and practice. Some of the major topics covered include:


  • Effects of underemployment on short-run and long-run earnings
  • Underemployment among youth, women, older workers, immigrants, and minorities
  • Effects of underemployment on mental health and physical health
  • Impact of underemployment on family members, friends, and communities
  • Measurement and tracking of underemployment over time
  • Effects of underemployment on work attitudes and job performance
  • Directions for future theoretical and empirical research on underemployment


A comprehensive look at a most timely issue, Underemployment: Psychological, Economic, and Social Challenges will inform the work of researchers, scholars, managers, and policy makers dealing with underemployment issues for years to come.



employment industrial and organizational psychology job market underemployment

Editors and affiliations

  • Douglas C. Maynard
    • 1
  • Daniel C. Feldman
    • 2
  1. 1.Psychology Dept.State University of New York, New PaltzNew PaltzUSA
  2. 2.Terry College of BusinessUniversity of GeorgiaAthensUSA

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