Susan N. Houseman is Senior Economist at the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research.
As a recognized expert on temporary help employment, outsourcing, and nonstandard work arrangements, Houseman’s research has examined trends in employers’ use of these arrangements and their implications for workers’ wages, benefits, and employment stability.
Houseman’s research on outsourcing and offshoring also has highlighted measurement problems in U.S. statistics. With funding from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, she has conducted research and organized conferences to study biases in price indexes, productivity and output growth along with other measurement problems arising from the growth of globalization.
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, is a member of the Conference on Research in Income and Wealth, NBER, and serves on committees for the American Economic Association and the Labor and Employment Research Association. Prior to coming to the Upjohn Institute, Houseman was on the faculty at the University of Maryland, School of Public Affairs and was a Visiting Scholar at The Brookings Institution. She received her Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University
Susan joined IZA as a Research Fellow in August 2016 and serves as Program Director of the IZA research area "Labor Statistics".