Working Group on Domestic Subcontracting

Project Dates

11/01/2014 - 10/31/2015


Although it is widely believed that various types of domestic contracting out have greatly expanded and that these new staffing patterns have important implications for compensation and other features of job quality, the phenomenon is poorly measured and understood. The Russell Sage Foundation (RSF) provided seed money to a working group, of which staff person Susan Houseman is a member, to develop a project area in which RSF, possibly in collaboration with other foundations, would fund research. Products of the working group on domestic subcontracting include a white paper and an RFP.


Memorandum: Data Need for Research on Domestic Outsourcing in the United States Susan Houseman, Annette Bernhardt. Upjohn Institute Report (2017)

Domestic Outsourcing in the United States: A Research Agenda to Assess Trends and Effects on Job Quality Annette Bernhardt, Rosemary Batt, Susan Houseman, Eileen Appelbaum. Upjohn Institute Working Paper No. 16-253 (2016)

CEPR Working Paper, March 2016

IRLE Working Paper #102-16, February 2016


Cornell University

Subject Area

LABOR MARKET ISSUES; Employment relationships