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Matissa Hollister

Male (Job) Insecurity

Wed, 2014-02-12 10:50

The long debate over whether America has gotten more economically unequal in the last few decades is over; all but the most recalcitrant acknowledge it. (As a recent New York Times story reported, sharp-eyed salesmen have acted on this reality, increasingly marketing to the top few percent.) The economic argument has now shifted to whether average Americans have nonetheless done alright even as the rich have become super-rich. Here one detects a subtle difference in vocabulary. Defenders of the broadening inequality insist that average family incomes have been nonetheless increasing.

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Matissa Hollister

Matissa Hollister
Assistant Professor, Organizational Behavior

PhD, Sociology and Social Policy, Harvard University, USA
Master, City Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
BA, Urban Studies, Architecture, and Urban Planning, USA

Organizational Behaviour
Email Address: 
matissa [dot] hollister [at] mcgill [dot] ca

Bronfman Building, [Map]
1001 rue Sherbrooke Ouest
Montreal, Quebec
H3A 1G5

Curriculum Vitae: 
Selected Publications : 

Papers in Peer-Reviewed Journals

Hollister, Matissa N. and Kristin E. Smith (forthcoming). "Unmasking the conflicting trends in job tenure by gender in the United States, 1983-2010." American Sociological Review.

Hollister, Matissa N. (2012) “Employer and Occupational Instability in Two Cohorts of the National Longitudinal Surveys” The Sociological Quarterly. 53(2): 238-263.

Hollister, Matissa N. (2011). “Employment Stability in the U.S. Labor Market: Rhetoric vs. Reality.” Annual Review of Sociology. 37(1):305-324.

Hollister, Matissa N. (2009) “Is Optimal Matching Sub-Optimal?” Sociological Methods & Research 38(2):235-264.

Hollister, Matissa N. (2004). “Does Firm Size Matter Anymore? The New Economy and the Causes of the Firm Size Wage Effect.” American Sociological Review 69(5):659-676.

Hollister, Matissa N. (Forthcoming) “The Ups and Downs of Job Tenure.” Pathways.

Books and Edited Volumes

Chapters in Books

Awards, Honours, and Fellowships: 



2010: Visiting Scholar, The Stanford Center for the Study of Poverty and Inequality

2006: Fellow, Summer Institute on Economy and Society: Trajectories of Capitalism, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences

1999-2005: Doctoral Fellow, Harvard Multidisciplinary Program on Inequality and Social Policy. The National Science Foundation Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship Program.


2010-2012: “Corporate Downsizing and Restructuring in the United States, 1971-present” National Science Foundation

2008: “Corporate Downsizing and Restructuring in the United States, 1971-present” Social Science Research Grant, Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy Research, Dartmouth College

Study Untangles Divergent U.S. Job-Tenure Patterns

Thu, 2014-02-06 12:50

Have American jobs become less stable? Do workers change employers more frequently than in the past?

Many Americans would probably say the answer to these questions is an obvious yes. Yet, for the past few decades researchers looking at the data haven’t been so sure: average job tenure (the number of years working for the same employer) has been surprisingly stable over time.

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"Unmasking the Conflicting Trends in Job Tenure by Gender in the United States, 1983-2010," American Sociological Review.

Tue, 2013-12-03 13:38

Authors: Hollister, Matissa N.; Kristin E. Smith

Publication: American Sociological Review (Forthcoming)


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