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3rd IZA Labor Statistics Workshop: Contract Work

Organizers: Katharine G. Abraham (University of Maryland and IZA), Susan N. Houseman (Upjohn Institute for Employment Research and IZA)
Location:W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, 300 S Westnedge Avenue, Kalamazoo, MI, USA
Date:July 23, 2019 - July 24, 2019

Event Manager:

Viola Hartmann (IZA)


+++ presentation: 30 minutes +++ discussion: 15 minutes +++

Tuesday, July 23:

08:00 - 08:30   Registration
08:30 - 08:45   Welcome and Introductions
08:45 - 09:30   Anne Polivka (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  "The What and How of Measuring Electronically Mediated Work: A Review of Different Countries' and Private Organizations' Experiences"
09:30 - 10:15   Oliver Serfling (Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences)
  "Measuring the Crowdworking Sector in Germany – New Evidence from an Online Panel"
10:15 - 10:45   Coffee Break
10:45 - 11:30   Otto Kässi (University of Oxford), Vili Lehdonvirta (University of Oxford)
  "Online Labor Index: Measuring the Online Gig Economy for Policy and Research"
11:30 - 12:15   Rachel Soloveichik (Bureau of Economic Analysis), James R. Spletzer (U.S. Census Bureau and IZA), Kristin Sandusky (U.S. Census Bureau)
  "Peer-to-Peer Rentals in Government Statistics"
12:15 - 13:15   Lunch
13:15 - 14:00   Katharine G. Abraham (University of Maryland and IZA), Brad J. Hershbein (Upjohn Institute and IZA), Susan Houseman (Upjohn Institute and IZA)
  "Improving Measures of Contract Work in Household Surveys: Evidence from a Gallup Survey"
14:00 - 14:45   Olena Kostyshyna (Bank of Canada), Corinne Luu (Bank of Canada)
  "The Size and Characteristics of Informal (“Gig”) Work in Canada"
14:45 - 15:15   Coffee Break
15:15 - 16:00   Daniel Mark Deibler (Columbia University)
  "Why Choose Alternative Work Arrangements?: The Effect of Demand Shocks on AWAs in the U.S. Labor Market"
16:00 - 16:45   Pedro S. Martins (Queen Mary, University of London and IZA)
  "The Third Worker: Assessing the Trade-off Between Employees and Contractors"
16:45 - 17:30   Kyung Min Lee (George Mason University), J. David Brown (U.S. Census Bureau and IZA), John S. Earle (George Mason University and IZA)
  "Who Hires Non-Standard Labor? Evidence from Employers"
18:30 - 21:00   Dinner at "The Park Club", 219 W. South St, Kalamazoo

Keynote Address
David Weil
(Dean and Professor of the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University)

Wednesday, July 24:

08:30 - 09:15   Elke J. Jahn (University of Bayreuth and IZA), Michael Rosholm (Aarhus University and IZA)
  "The Cyclicality of the Stepping-Stone Effect of Temporary Agency Employment"
09:15 - 10:00   Aalia Cassim (National Treasury, Republic of South Africa)
  "Identifying the Wage Penalty in the Labor Broker Sector: Evidence for South Africa Using Administrative Tax Records"
10:00 - 10:30   Coffee Break
10:30 - 11:15   Bernhard Schmidpeter (University of Essex)
  "Involuntary Unemployment and the Labor Market Returns to Interim Jobs"
11:15 - 12:00   Angelika Ganserer (ZEW Mannheim), Melanie Arntz (ZEW Mannheim), Michael F. Maier (ZEW Mannheim), Stephan Lothar Thomsen (Leibniz University Hannover and IZA)
  "Are Working Conditions of Contract Workers Always Bad? Firm Level Evidence on Contracting Out"
12:00 - 13:00   Lunch
13:00 - 13:45   Annette Bernhardt (University of California, Berkeley), Allen Prohofsky (California Franchise Tax Board), Jesse Rothstein (University of California, Berkley and IZA)
  "The “Gig Economy” and Independent Contracting: Evidence from California Tax Data on Prevalence and Incomes"
13:45 - 14:30   Andrew Lewis Garin (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Brett Collins (Internal Revenue Service), Emilie Jackson (Stanford University), Dimitri Koustas (University of Chicago), Mark Payne (Internal Revenue Service)
  "Has the Gig Economy Replaced Traditional Jobs Over the Last Two Decades? Evidence from Tax Returns"
14:30 - 14:45   Coffee Break
14:45 - 15:30   Yuri Ostrovsky (Statistics Canada), Sung-Hee Jeon (Statistics Canada), Huju Liu (Statistics Canada)
  "Measuring the Gig Economy in Canada Using Administrative and Survey Data"
15:30 - 16:00   Wrap-up and Concluding Remarks