Susan N. Houseman

W. E. Upjohn Institute, USA

IZA World of Labor role

Author, Topic spokesperson


Non-standard work, Precarious work, Domestic outsourcing, Offshoring, Temporary help employment, Manufacturing, Trade, Work-sharing, Unemployment insurance


United States


English - Native speaker

Media experience

Print, Digital, Television, Radio


Current position

Senior Economist, W. E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, USA

Positions/functions as a policy advisor

Chair, Technical Advisory Committee to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics

Past positions

Associate Professor, University of Maryland, USA; Visiting Scholar, Brookings Institution, USA


PhD Economics, Harvard University, 1985

Selected publications

  • “Manufacturers’ outsourcing to staffing services.” Industrial and Labor Relations Review 65:3 (July 2012): 533–559 (with M. Dey, and A. Polivka).

  • “Offshoring bias in US manufacturing.” Journal of Economic Perspectives 25:2 (2011): 111–132 (with C. Kurz, P. Lengermann, and B. Mandel).

  • “Do temporary-help jobs improve labor market outcomes for low-skilled workers? Evidence from ‘Work First’”. American Economic Journal: Applied Economics 2:3 (2010): 96–128 (with D. H. Autor).

  • “The role of temporary agency employment in tight labor markets.” Industrial and Labor Relations Review 57:1 (2003): 105–127 (with A. L. Kalleberg and G. A. Erickcek).

  • “Why employers use flexible staffing arrangements: Evidence from an establishment survey.” Industrial and Labor Relations Review 55:1 (2001): 149–170.