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Urban Planning 237A: Sectoral Analysis

This guide was developed based on Professor Wolff's work for his UP 237A graduate course. Sectoral analysis provides a foundation in methodology as well as salient issues in the field of urban planning.

Labor Force

  • wages
  • benefits
  • race/ethnicity
  • immigrant status
  • immigrant place of origin
  • gender
  • age
  • education levels (US, country of origin)
  • major occupations/occupational structure
  • skill levels
  • worker residence patterns
  • levels of unemployment in the industry, in the occupations [i]

Labor and Management Practices

  • unionization, history of organizing efforts
  • NLRB/ULP records (f)
  • production workers/non-production (managerial) labor
  • craft or assembly type workers
  • organization of work units
  • worker recruitment
  • seniority
  • worker turnover rates (quits, retirement, layoff, firing)
  • multiple shifts
  • overtime
  • temporary, part-time, contingent, seasonal
  • working conditions (record of worker injury/death), OSHA issues
  • incentive/control methods
  • "new" management methods (TQM, SPC, QWL, Quality Circles, etc.)
  • worker training/education
  • apprenticeship programs

[f] = individual company or firm