- Alan Krueger of Princeton University and Lawrence Katz of Harvard sifted through new evidence to explain how a 2015 survey, overestimated how people cobbling together a living from odd jobs, especially via apps like Uber, would upend traditional work arrangements
- Earlier this decade, researchers said the gig economy was taking over the way people work
- Labor Department studied the question in detailed research released last summer, concluded the gig economy had scarcely changed the U.S. labor market.
the gig economy appeared swollen largely because the labor market earlier this decade was so weak for so long in the aftermath of the recession
- As the economy returned to normal, they returned to more familiar work arrangements
- surveys used to measure alternative work arrangements remain riddled with flaws, and the Labor Department does a poor job of accounting for people with multiple jobs.
- Krueger and Katz now conclude there was a modest rise in the share of the workforce in nontraditional jobs over the last decade—probably on the order of one to 2 percentage points, instead of the five percentage point rise we originally reported.”