Manufacturing Plants' Use of Temporary Workers: An Analysis Using Census Microdata
AbstractUsing plant-level data from the Plant Capacity Utilization (PCU) Survey, we examine how manufacturing plantsâ use of temporary workers is associated with the nature of their output fluctuations and other plant characteristics. We find that plants tend to hire temporary workers when their output can be expected to fall, a result consistent with the notion that firms use temporary workers to reduce costs associated with dismissing permanent employees. In addition, we find that plants whose future output levels are subject to greater uncertainty tend to use more temporary workers. We also examine the effects of wage and benefit levels for permanent workers, unionization rates, turnover rates, seasonal factors, and plant size and age on the use of temporary workers; based on our results, we discuss various views of why firms use temporary workers.
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- Yukako Ono & Daniel Sullivan, 2008. "Manufacturing Plants' Use of Temporary Workers: An Analysis Using Census Micro Data," Working Papers 08-40, Center for Economic Studies, U.S. Census Bureau.
- Yukako Ono & Daniel G. Sullivan, 2006. "Manufacturing plants’ use of temporary workers: an analysis using census micro data," Working Paper Series WP-06-24, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.
- J2 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor
- J3 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs
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