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Senior Economist |
Houseman is a labor economist whose recent research has focused on labor market effects of temporary help and other types of outsourcing and on measurement issues related to the growth of outsourcing and offshoring. Other research interests include adjustment to changes in labor demand, international comparisons of labor policies, short-time compensation, and older workers.Brief Bio Full CV
The federal statistical system does not adequately measure certain rapidly expanding forms of international trade associated with the global integration of production, compromising the accuracy of, and possibly biasing, key economic statistics and analysis based on these measures.
Houseman’s (coauthored) research explains why the growth of offshoring is resulting in an overstatement of productivity and output growth in the U.S. economy—particularly in the manufacturing sector—and discusses the implications for employment, wages, and policy.
Houseman co-directed a research and conference project on measurement problems arising from the growth of globalization with funding from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation:
Employers in the United States make extensive use of other forms of flexible staffing. Houseman’s research has studied trends in contracting out, evidence on which employers utilize these arrangements and why, and the implications of these arrangements for workers. In addition, her work has compared employers’ use of flexible staffing arrangements in the United States and Japan. Selected research: