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Do Changes in Regulation Affect Employment Duration in Temporary Help Agencies?

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  • Manfred Antoni
  • Elke J. Jahn

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The employment duration of workers in temporary help agencies is seen as an important indicator of their job quality. Most of the countries that regulate temporary agency employment do so to ensure at least a minimal level of employment stability. Over the past three decades Germany has repeatedly liberalized the law on temporary agency employment. These successive reforms should have affected the employment duration in the temporary employment sector. Applying a mixed proportional hazard rate model to administrative data, the authors examine whether employment duration changed in response to these reforms. They find that successive extensions of the maximum assignment period significantly increased average employment duration, while "liberalizing" legislation, such as that allowing fixed-term contracts, tended to reduce it.

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Volume (Year): 62 (2009)
Issue (Month): 2 (January)
Pages: 226-251

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Handle: RePEc:ilr:articl:v:62:y:2009:i:2:p:226-251

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  1. Elke J. Jahn, 2010. "Reassessing the Pay Gap for Temps in Germany," Journal of Economics and Statistics (Jahrbuecher fuer Nationaloekonomie und Statistik), Justus-Liebig University Giessen, Department of Statistics and Economics, vol. 230(2), pages 208-233.
  2. Jahn, Elke J. & Pozzoli, Dario, 2013. "The pay gap of temporary agency workers — Does the temp sector experience pay off?," Labour Economics, Elsevier, vol. 24(C), pages 48-57.
  3. Jahn, Elke J. & Bentzen, Jan, 2010. "What Drives the Demand for Temporary Agency Workers?," IZA Discussion Papers 5333, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  4. Jung, Sven, 2013. "Employment Adjustment in German Firms," Annual Conference 2013 (Duesseldorf): Competition Policy and Regulation in a Global Economic Order 79696, Verein für Socialpolitik / German Economic Association.
  5. Johan Bo Davidsson, 2011. "An Analytical Overview of Labour Market Reforms Across the EU: Making Sense of the Variation," LABORatorio R. Revelli Working Papers Series 111, LABORatorio R. Revelli, Centre for Employment Studies.
  6. Michael Beckmann & Dieter Kuhn, 2012. "Flexibility vs. screening: The performance effects of temporary agency work strategies," Working papers 2012/03, Faculty of Business and Economics - University of Basel.
  7. Rothe, Thomas & Giannelli, Gianna C. & Jaenichen, Ursula, 2013. "Doing well in reforming the labour market? Recent trends in job stability and wages in Germany," Annual Conference 2013 (Duesseldorf): Competition Policy and Regulation in a Global Economic Order 79932, Verein für Socialpolitik / German Economic Association.
  8. Niebuhr, Annekatrin & Buch, Tanja, 2013. "Wage effects of labor market entry via temporary work agency employment - evidence for German apprenticeship graduates," Annual Conference 2013 (Duesseldorf): Competition Policy and Regulation in a Global Economic Order 79818, Verein für Socialpolitik / German Economic Association.
  9. Jung, Sven, 2012. "Employment adjustment in German firms," Discussion Papers 80, Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Chair of Labour and Regional Economics.
  10. Bruno, Giovanni S. F. & Caroleo, Floro Ernesto & Dessy, Orietta, 2012. "Stepping Stones versus Dead End Jobs: Exits from Temporary Contracts in Italy after the 2003 Reform," IZA Discussion Papers 6746, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  11. Tobias Brändle & Wolf Dieter Heinbach, 2010. "Opening Clauses in Cellective Bargaining Agreements: More Flexibility to Save Jobs?," IAW Discussion Papers 67, Institut für Angewandte Wirtschaftsforschung (IAW).
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  13. Dietz, Martin & Stops, Michael & Walwei, Ulrich, 2012. "Securing Jobs in Times of Recession. The German Experience during the Financial Crisis 2008/2009/Asegurando los puestos de trabajo en tiempos de recesión. La experiencia alemana durante la crisis fin," Estudios de Economía Aplicada, Estudios de Economía Aplicada, vol. 30, pages 59-100, Abril.

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