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Mind the gap, please! The effect of temporary help agencies on the consequences of work accidents

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  • Garcia-Serrano, Carlos
  • Hernanz, Virginia
  • Toharia, Luis

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Using data from a Spanish register on work-related accidents, this paper analyses the effect of contract types on two consequences of accidents: the probability of suffering a serious/fatal accident and the number of working days lost after an accident has happened. The focus is on the difference among temporary workers hired through temporary help agencies, direct temporary workers and open-ended workers. We find that workers hired through temporary help agencies are less likely to suffer serious/fatal accidents and the durations of their absences are shorter when they are, compared with workers holding either open-ended contracts or direct temporary contracts once personal, job and accident characteristics are controlled for.

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Paper provided by Institute for Social and Economic Research in its series ISER Working Paper Series with number 2008-28.

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Handle: RePEc:ese:iserwp:2008-28

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  2. Moral De Blas, Alfonso & Martín-Román, Ángel & Rodríguez Caballero, Juan Carlos, 2013. "El papel de las ETTs en la reducción del riesgo moral asociado al seguro por accidentes de trabajo: El caso de España/The Role of the TWAs in the Reduction of Moral Hazard in Workplace Accident Insu," Estudios de Economía Aplicada, Estudios de Economía Aplicada, vol. 31, pages 497-522, Septiembr.
  3. Bande, Roberto & López-Mourelo, Elva, 2014. "The impact of worker’s age on the consequences of occupational accidents: empirical evidence using Spanish data," MPRA Paper 53097, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  4. Martina Cioni & Marco savioli, 2011. "Accidents and illnesses at the workplace Evidence from Italy," Department of Economics University of Siena 608, Department of Economics, University of Siena.
  5. Konstantinos, Pouliakas & Ioannis, Theodossiou, 2010. "An Inquiry Into the Theory, Causes and Consequences of Monitoring Indicators of Health and Safety At Work," MPRA Paper 20336, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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