By now, most Americans are familiar with the term “dirty jobs,” which is shorthand for jobs that require a lot of manual labor.
Those dirty jobs include: cleaning bathrooms, making coffee, putting up kitchen cabinets, and cooking.
In recent years, however, we’ve been seeing a lot more dirty jobs that are part of the workday.
As the economy has improved, workers have been finding that they’re being paid more for the same job, so they’ve been calling this “wage erosion.”
The idea behind this phenomenon is that people can find better jobs that offer more money in their paycheck, but there are more and more jobs that don’t require as much manual labor, and that are getting less and less of that labor.
One possible solution is to pay workers more for less labor.
According to a new study from researchers at UC Berkeley, that may be possible.
The authors of the study found that “higher hourly wages do not necessarily translate into higher wages in the labor market,” and that workers who were paid more on average, as well as those who were being paid less, did not differ in the wages they earned over time.
What’s more, the authors say, “there are no clear mechanisms for raising wages or increasing earnings for workers who are paid less.”
The reason for this?
“The wage distribution of wages is not a function of the relative productivity of firms, but rather of the market productivity of labor.”
The researchers suggest that, in the case of the cleaning and kitchen jobs, that market productivity may be higher because workers who work in cleaning facilities often are in lower-paying jobs.
The same goes for other cleaning jobs, like taking out trash and making furniture.
The researchers point out that the clean-home tax would be a great way to improve the lives of workers who have to do this kind of manual work.
They also suggest that a wage increase could help people who are still stuck with high unemployment to find jobs that pay them more.
The study authors say they will soon release the results of their study, which they hope will help people “understand and act upon this potential solution.”
The study was published in the Journal of Labor Economics.
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