Faced with a slower-than-expected recovery, researchers are working to identify the cause for the economy’s anemic rate of expansion. Recent findings from the Economic Policy Institute suggest one such cause may be a white collar job shortage.

Underemployment among workers with a bachelor’s degree or higher grew from 3.9% in December 2007 to 8.4% in March 2011, an increase larger than any other segment of the economy. In fact, for every one available job, there are four well-qualified unemployed or underemployed candidates.

The second of a three-part whitepaper series, The Value of Values focuses on the use of values assessment as part of the hiring process to craft a more engaged, more productive workforce.