Susan N. Houseman

Susan Houseman is Vice-President and Director of Research at the Upjohn Institute for Employment Research.  She is a labor economist whose recent research focuses on temporary and contract employment arrangements, domestic outsourcing, offshoring, manufacturing, and measurement issues in economic statistics.

She co-directs the Outsourcing Research Network, chairs the Technical Advisory Committee to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, and co-directs the Labor Statistics Program at the Institute of Labor Economics (IZA) in Bonn, Germany. She received her PhD in economics from Harvard University.

Research Highlights

Percentage of independent contractors doubles previous estimates: ASSA research focus

December 18, 2023 · Research Highlight
Research finds independent contractor workforce twice as big as previously thought

Upjohn Institute participates in 2024 ASSA conference in San Antonio

December 18, 2023 · Research Highlight
Upjohn staff present research each day of the conference

Upjohn Institute participates in 2022 APPAM Fall Research Conference

November 14, 2022 · Research Highlight
Follow conference coverage on Twitter and Mastodon at #2022APPAM

Upjohn Institute staff presenting at 2022 ASSA conference

January 6, 2022 · Research Highlight
The conference was held remotely Jan. 7-9

3rd IZA Labor Statistics Workshop: Contract Work

July 19, 2019 · Research Highlight

Understanding the Decline in Manufacturing Employment

January 25, 2018 · Research Highlight

Is American Manufacturing in Decline?

October 10, 2016 · Research Highlight

Domestic Outsourcing in the United States: A Research Agenda to Assess Trends and Effects on Job Quality

February 11, 2016 · Research Highlight
The goal of this paper is to develop a comprehensive research agenda to analyze trends in domestic outsourcing in the United States—firms’ use of contractors and independent contractors—and its effects on job quality and inequality.

How to help U.S. trade policy create jobs at home

March 16, 2015 · Research Highlight

Measuring the effects of offshoring

February 16, 2015 · Research Highlight