The Rise and Nature of Alternative Work Arrangements in the United States, 1995â€“2015
Lawrence Katz () and
ILR Review, 2019, vol. 72, issue 2, 382-416
To monitor trends in alternative work arrangements, the authors conducted a version of the Contingent Worker Survey as part of the RAND American Life Panel in late 2015. Their findings point to a rise in the incidence of alternative work arrangements in the US economy from 1995 to 2015. The percentage of workers engaged in alternative work arrangementsâ€”defined as temporary help agency workers, on-call workers, contract workers, and independent contractors or freelancersâ€”rose from 10.7% in February 2005 to possibly as high as 15.8% in late 2015. Workers who provide services through online intermediaries, such as Uber or TaskRabbit, accounted for 0.5% of all workers in 2015. Of the workers selling goods or services directly to customers, approximately twice as many reported finding customers through off-line intermediaries than through online intermediaries.
Keywords: alternative work arrangements; freelancers; 1099 economy; labor market flexibility; temporary workers (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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