Outsourcing: Impacts on the U.S. Workforce

This web portal reviews the current state of knowledge on outsourcing in the United States, highlighting research and researchers examining outsourcing and its implications for workers. Focal areas are automotive industry, health and safety, logistics, lower-wage service jobs, online platform work and the public sector. The portal and Research Network on Outsourcing, which supports convenings to discuss new topical research, received funding from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

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Previous convenings

Independent Contractors and Business Outsourcing: What Can We Learn from Tax Data?
A panel discussion with Andy Garin (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign), Emilie Jackson (Michigan State University), Dmitri Koustas (University of Chicago), and Max Risch (Carnegie Mellon University); Moderator (tentative) Katharine Abraham (University of Maryland)
Video forthcoming

Businesses' Use of Online Platforms
Hye Jin Rho (Michigan State), Geoff Parker (Dartmouth), John Horton (MIT), and Adam Ozimek (Upwork)

Pre-Automation: Insourcing and Automating the Gig Economy
Janet Vertesi (Princeton)