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Ongoing project

Alternative work arrangements and worker welfare (ALTWORK)

Project period 2021 - 2025
Project nr. 10481 / 314267
Project leader Marte Strøm

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The aim of this project is to examine ongoing changes in alternative work arrangements in Norwegian working life since 1995. We will analyze the consequences for employee welfare and inequality, the effect of deregulation on work participation, wages and trade union membership, and the ongoing developments in the legal framework.

Project Approach

In the first part of the project, we will use linked register data and the Labor Force Survey (LFS) data as a new source to examine the development in alternative work arrangements over time and consequences for employees' pay and working conditions.

In the second part of the project, we will study the importance of labor market regulation for the use of alternative work arrangements - and the consequences of deregulation. We will examine whether changes in regulation have affected the proportion of workers with alternative work, and whether these changes have affected the degree of trade union and wage development in different parts of the income distribution.

In the third part, we will look at key aspects of the legal framework: the development of the concept of worker in EU law and the scope of fundamental human rights that can potentially provide protection to workers with alternative employment contracts.

Project Bank – The Research Council of Norway


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ParticipantDegree PhoneE-mail
Erling Barth Research Professor Dr. polit. +47 930 91 410
Sara Cools Research Professor PhD +47 984 96 736
Trond Flaarønning PhD Fellow Master +47 479 04 013
Maria Forthun Hoen Senior Research Fellow PhD +47 476 20 350
Marte Strøm Research Professor PhD +47 408 85 333
Kjersti Misje Østbakken Research Director, Work and Welfare PhD +47 991 62 556
Simen Markussen (Frisch Centre)
Tarjei Bekkedal (UiO)
Christophe Hillion (UiO)
Kalle Moene (UiO)
Caroline Hall (IFAU)


  • Strøm, Marte; von Simson, Kristine & Østbakken, Kjersti Misje (2022). Temporary employment reforms and employment probabilities.
  • Bekkedal, Tarjei (2021). EMDs avgjørelse i Holship – kampen om det rettslige hegemoniet i Europa. Lov og Rett. doi: 10.18261/issn.1504-3061-2021-07-02.

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Tags: Working Life, Welfare
Published Oct. 15, 2021 1:17 PM - Last modified Jan. 31, 2022 3:56 PM