New Labor Market Norms and the Rise of Alternative Work Arrangements

Project Dates

02/15/2018 -


Available evidence points to a high incidence and, in some cases, substantial growth in various types of nonstandard work arrangements. For some employees, these arrangements may offer desired flexibility and independence, but they often are associated with low pay, few if any benefits, and less stability in employment and earnings than a traditional job. In addition, workers in these arrangements may fall through the cracks of the U.S. system of social insurance and employment protections - a system whose foundations were devised nearly 100 years ago with individuals in traditional employment arrangements in mind and that many fear does not adequately protect workers today. In this project, I will write a paper, coauthored with Katharine Abraham of the University of Maryland, for a conference at the Russell Sage Foundation in September 2018, which will be published in their journal. The paper will define various tyes of alternantive work arrangements, review evidence on the prevalence and growth in these arrangements, examine their implications for job quality, and consider possible policy responses to address their growth.


Russell Sage Foundation

Subject Area

LABOR MARKET ISSUES; Employment relationships; Nonstandard work arrangements