Alternative work arrangements

Alexandre Mas, Amanda Pallais

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Alternative work arrangements, defined both by working conditions and by workers relationship to their employers, are heterogeneous and common in the United States. This article reviews the literature on workers preferences over these arrangements, inputs to firms decisions to offer them, and the impact of regulation. It also highlights several descriptive facts: The typical worker is in a job where almost none of the tasks can be performed from home, work arrangements have been relatively stable over the past 20 years, work conditions vary substantially with education, and jobs with schedule or location flexibility are less family friendly on average. This last fact explains why women are not more likely to have schedule or location flexibility and seem to largely reduce their working hours to get more family-friendly arrangements.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)631-658
Number of pages28
JournalAnnual Review of Economics
StatePublished - Aug 2 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Economics and Econometrics


  • Compensating differentials
  • Flexible scheduling
  • Independent contractors
  • Outsourcing
  • Telework
  • Work-life balance


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