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The Use of Alternative Work Arrangements by the Jobless: Evidence from the CAEAS/CPS

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  • JOHN T. ADDISON
  • CHRISTOPHER J. SURFIELD

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Alternative work arrangements (AWAs), such as contracting, consulting, and temporary work, have been criticized as providing only atypical, even precarious, employment. Yet they may also allow workers to locate suitable job matches. Exploiting data from four Contingent and Alternative Employment Arrangement Supplements to the Current Population Survey, we investigate the initial job-finding strategies pursued by the unemployed. Within the narrow window offered by the data, we find that unemployed workers who become reemployed are more likely to find work in AWAs than in regular, open-ended employment. When we evaluate the use of AWAs against unemployment, there is also evidence that the jobless are entering AWAs as pathways out of their initial labor market state.

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Article provided by Transaction Publishers in its journal Journal of Labor Research.

Volume (Year): 27 (2006)
Issue (Month): 2 (April)
Pages: 149-162

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Handle: RePEc:tra:jlabre:v:27:y:2006:i:2:p:149-162

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  1. Anne E. Polivka, 1996. "Data Watch: The Redesigned Current Population Survey," Journal of Economic Perspectives, American Economic Association, vol. 10(3), pages 169-180, Summer.
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  1. Addison, John T. & Surfield, Christopher J., 2006. "Does Atypical Work Help the Jobless? Evidence from a CAEAS/CPS Cohort Analysis," IZA Discussion Papers 2325, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  2. Catalina Amuedo-Dorantes & Miguel Malo & Fernando Muñoz-Bullón, 2008. "The Role of Temporary Help Agency Employment on Temp-to-Perm Transitions," Journal of Labor Research, Springer, vol. 29(2), pages 138-161, June.
  3. Cynthia Gramm & John Schnell, 2013. "Long-Term Employment and Complementary Human Resource Management Practices," Journal of Labor Research, Springer, vol. 34(1), pages 120-145, March.
  4. Addison, John T. & Surfield, Christopher J., 2005. "‘Atypical Work’ and Compensation," IZA Discussion Papers 1477, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).

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