Staffing Services Employment

Project Dates

09/01/2011 - 11/30/2015


This project largely involves the analysis of a rich data set that provides detailed information on all orders placed by Kelly Services in North America for the years 2007-2009. These data in combination with data from the OES (Occupational Employment Statistics) and other publicly available sources will be used to better understand the structure of the staffing industry, to test hypotheses as to why employers use staffing services, and examine the large role this industry plays during recessions and recoveries. The end products of the project include conference presentations, working papers, an article for a peer-reviewed journal, and some analysis for Kelly Services.


Manufacturers' Outsourcing to Staffing Services, Matthew Dey, Susan N. Houseman, and Anne E. Polivka. Industrial & Labor Relations Review 65(3)(July 2012)

Manufacturers' Outsourcing to Employment Services, Matthew Dey, Susan N. Houseman, Anne Polivka ; issued as Upjohn Institute Working Paper No. 07-132(2006)


W.E. Upjohn Institute

Subject Area

LABOR MARKET ISSUES; Employment relationships