A Study of the Extent and Potential Causes of Alternative Employment Arrangements

44 Pages Posted: 15 Sep 2012

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Peter Cappelli

University of Pennsylvania Wharton School - Center for Human Resources; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); University of Pennsylvania - Management Department

JR Keller

University of Pennsylvania

Date Written: September 2012

Abstract

The notion of regular, full-time employment as one of the defining features of the U.S. economy has been called into question in recent years by the apparent growth of alternative or "nonstandard" arrangements - part-time work, temporary help, independent contracting, and other arrangements. Identifying the extent of these arrangements, whether they are increasing, and where they occur is the first step for understanding their implications for the economy and the society. But this has been difficult to do because of the lack of appropriate data. We present estimates of the extent of these practices based on a national probability sample of U.S. establishments, evidence on changes in their use over time, and analyses that help us begin to understand why they are used.

Suggested Citation

Cappelli, Peter and Keller, JR, A Study of the Extent and Potential Causes of Alternative Employment Arrangements (September 2012). NBER Working Paper No. w18376. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2147087

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University of Pennsylvania - Management Department ( email )

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JR Keller

University of Pennsylvania ( email )

Philadelphia, PA 19104
United States

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