Moving Beyond Job Creation: Defining and Measuring the Creation of Quality Jobs
Author(s): D. Brett, T. Woelfel


“Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) are uniquely positioned to address the troubling trend of rising wealth and income inequality in the United States by focusing on the creation of higher quality jobs. To move toward a reality where quality jobs are the standard- not the exception-CDFIs must build consensus around a common definition of a quality job, undertake practical efforts to foster the creation of quality jobs, and measure results to understand what works.

This discussion paper seeks to answer two important questions at the center of Community Development Financial Institutions’ (CDFIs) efforts to create quality jobs: what is a quality job, and how can CDFIs measure job quality?”