Shifting Risk and Benefit to Workers?: The Effects of Recession and Recovery on Independent Contractors in Trucking

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Early Career Research Award


This project will address key policy questions regarding independent contractors (ICs) in less-skilled occupations by assessing the effects of the recent recession and recovery on over-the-road (OTR) truckers. The goal is to understand: 1) the impacts of the recession on truckers in different employment arrangements; 2) how, if at all, ICs are able to take advantage of current favorable labor market conditions; 3) if the recession and recovery have affected how truckers view their choices in the labor market, particularly whether or not to become or remain an IC.

Grant Product

Viscelli, Stephen. 2016. The Big Rig: Trucking and the Decline of the American Dream. Oakland CA: The University of California Press.