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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
Committee on National Statistics
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education
Contingent Work and Alternate Work Arrangements
Project Description 
The committee will review the Contingent Worker Supplement (CWS) of the Current Population Survey (CPS), which provides key measures of contingent workers, alternative work arrangements, and insights on the “gig” economy. There are disagreements among researchers and policymakers about definitions and measures of these employment concepts. The committee will carefully review the CWS and other existing data sources (survey and nonsurvey), as well as the methodological issues surrounding measurement of these concepts. A workshop to discuss the views of data users, stakeholders, and survey experts will be convened. A report with conclusions and recommendations will be issued at the end of the study to provide guidance for improving the measurement of these aspects of the modern economy, as well as a rapporteur-authored proceedings of the workshop.

Meeting Dates

Meeting 1
Friday, March 29, 2019 (9:00 AM - 3:00 PM)
The Keck Center of the National Academies
Conference Room 101 (
Keck floor plan)
500 Fifth St. NW
Washington, DC 20001


Meeting 2
Monday, June 10, 2019 (9:00 AM - 4:45 PM)
The NAS Building
The Board Room (
NAS Building floor plan)
2101 Constitutional Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20418

Meeting 3
Friday, September 6, 2019 (9:00 AM - 5:00 PM)
The Federal Reserve Building
Chicago, IL 60604


Chris Mackie, Study Director
Anthony Mann, Program Associate

U.S. Department of Labor 
Bureau of Labor Statistics

Committee Members
Susan Houseman (Chair), W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research
Katharine Abraham, University of Maryland, College Park
Annette Bernhardt, University of California, Berkeley
Jennifer Dykema, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Diana FarrellJPMorgan Chase Institute
Arne Kalleberg, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Kristen Olson, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Barbara RoblesFederal Reserve Board
Michael Strain, American Enterprise Institute
David Weil,
Brandeis University


Anthony Mann
(202) 334-3266

Mailing Address

Keck Center of the National Academies 
500 Fifth Street NW
Washington, DC 20001







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