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Atypical Work and Pay

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  • John T. Addison

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    (Department of Economics, Moore School of Business, University of South Carolina)

  • Christopher J. Surfield

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    (Department of Economics, College of Business and Management, Saginaw Valley State University)

Abstract

Atypical work has long been criticized in popular debate as providing poorly compensated, precarious employment. Yet the empirical evidence is both incomplete and mixed. The main contribution of the present paper is to estimate wage differences for the full set of these alternative work arrangements while simultaneously controlling for observed demographic characteristics and unobserved person-specific fixed effects. The paper also allows for the skewness in atypical worker earnings while retaining the Mincerian human capital earnings function. Our improved estimates are consistent with some of the more optimistic findings reported in the literature, the caveat being that we are examining here only the wage component of the total compensation package.

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Article provided by Southern Economic Association in its journal Southern Economic Journal.

Volume (Year): 73 (2007)
Issue (Month): 4 (April)
Pages: 1038–1065

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Handle: RePEc:sej:ancoec:v:73:4:y:2007:p:1038-1065

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  1. Addison, John T. & Cotti, Chad & Surfield, Christopher J., 2009. "Atypical Work: Who Gets It, and Where Does It Lead? Some U.S. Evidence Using the NLSY79," IZA Discussion Papers 4444, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  2. Addison, John T. & Surfield, Christopher J., 2009. "Atypical Work and Employment Continuity," IZA Discussion Papers 4065, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  3. Surfield, Christopher & Welch, William, 2009. "Atypical Work and Employment Regulations: A Comparison of Right-to-Work to Closed-Shop States," MPRA Paper 14462, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  4. Daniëlle Bertrand-Cloodt & Frank Cörvers & Ben Kriechel & Jesper Thor, 2012. "Why Do Recent Graduates Enter into Flexible Jobs?," De Economist, Springer, vol. 160(2), pages 157-175, June.

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