Susan Houseman

Susan Houseman is a senior economist at the Upjohn Institute for Employment Research whose research focuses on globalization, manufacturing, nonstandard work arrangements, and other labor issues. Houseman’s research on outsourcing and offshoring has highlighted biases in productivity and output growth in U.S. statistics. With funding from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, she is co-directing a project on measuring the effects of globalization.

Houseman’s research on temporary help and other nonstandard employment examines trends in employers’ use of these arrangements and their implications for workers’ wages, benefits, and employment stability. Other research focuses on work sharing and short-time compensation, older workers and retirement issues, and comparative labor market policies in Japan and Europe.

Houseman chairs the Technical Advisory Committee to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Economic Perspectives. Prior to joining the Upjohn Institute, Houseman was on the faculty at the University of Maryland, School of Public Policy and was a Visiting Scholar at The Brookings Institution. She received her Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University.

Selected publications:

The Debate over the State of Manufacturing: How the Computer Industry Affects the Numbers and Perceptions.

Offshoring Bias in U.S. Manufacturing (with Christopher Kurz, Paul Lengermann, and Benjamin Mandel). Journal of Economic Perspectives 25(2): 111–132, 2011.

Manufacturers’ Outsourcing to Staffing Services (with Matthew Dey and Anne E. Polivka).

Industrial & Labor Relations Review 65(3): 533–559, 2012.