Year

2009

Series

Upjohn Institute Working Paper No. 09-157

**Published Version**

In Labor in the New Economy, Katharine G. Abraham, James R. Spletzer, and Michael J. Harper, eds. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2010, pp. 267-304

DOI

10.17848/wp09-157

Abstract

A variety of evidence points to significant growth in domestic contracting out over the last two decades, yet the phenomenon is not well documented. In this paper, we pull together data from various sources to shed light on the extent of and trends in domestic outsourcing, the occupations in which it has grown, and the industries engaging in outsourcing for the employment services sector, which has been a particularly important area of domestic outsourcing. In addition, we examine evidence of contracting out of selected occupations to other sectors. We point to many gaps in our knowledge on trends in domestic outsourcing and its implications for employment patterns and to inconsistencies across data sets in the information that is available. We recommend steps to improve data in this area.

Issue Date

November 2007; 1st revision, May 2008; 2nd revision, September 2009

Note

First prepared for the CRIW Conference (Conference on Research in Income and Wealth) on Labor in the New Economy, Bethesda, Maryland, November 16-17, 2007

Subject Areas

LABOR MARKET ISSUES; Employment relationships; Temporary employment

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Citation

Dey, Matthew, Susan Houseman, and Anne Polivka. 2009. "What Do We Know about Contracting Out in the United States? Evidence from Household and Establishment Surveys." Upjohn Institute Working Paper No. 09-157. Kalamazoo, MI: W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research. https://doi.org/10.17848/wp09-157