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What Do We Know about Contracting Out in the United States? Evidence from Household and Establishment Surveys

In: Labor in the New Economy

A variety of evidence points to significant growth in domestic contracting out over the last two decades, yet the phenomenon is not well documented. In this paper, we pull together data from various sources to shed light on the extent of and trends in domestic outsourcing, the occupations in which it has grown, and the industries engaging in outsourcing for the employment services sector, which has been a particularly important area of domestic outsourcing. In addition, we examine evidence of contracting out of selected occupations to other sectors. We point to many gaps in our knowledge on trends in domestic outsourcing and its implications for employment patterns and to inconsistencies across data sets in the information that is available. We recommend steps to improve data in this area.

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This chapter was published in: Katharine G. Abraham & James R. Spletzer & Michael J. Harper (ed.) Labor in the New Economy, University of Chicago Press, pages 267-304, 2010.
This item is provided by W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research in its series Book chapters authored by Upjohn Institute researchers with number snhchicago.
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