Low-Income and Low-Skilled Workers Involvement in Nonstandard Employment. Chapter 5: Summing Up

This research was motivated by the confluence of three events: the surge in importance of alternative work arrangements in the overall workforce; the increased need to place individuals "at risk of welfare recipiency" in jobs, some of which are likely to be alternative in nature; and the likelihood of an economic downturn in the near future. This juxtaposition led very naturally to the core research question: how important are alternative work arrangements to the at risk work force; how do these jobs compare to conventional work; and what will be the impact of a downturn on this sector of the workforce? While we have been able to provide some answers to these questions, data restrictions have limited the scope of the analysis.