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Does Atypical Work Help the Jobless? Evidence from a CAEAS/CPS Cohort Analysis

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  • Addison, John T.

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    (University of South Carolina)

  • Surfield, Christopher J.

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    (Saginaw Valley State University)

Abstract

Atypical employment, such as temporary, on-call, and contract work, has been found disproportionately to attract the jobless. But there is no consensus in the literature as to the labour market consequences of such job choice by unemployed individuals. Using data from the Current Population Survey, we investigate the implications of the initial job-finding strategies pursued by the jobless for their short- and medium-term employment stability. At first sight, it appears that taking an offer of regular employment provides the greatest degree of employment continuity for the jobless. However, closer inspection indicates that the jobless who take up atypical employment are not only more likely to be employed one month and one year later than those who continue to search, but also to enjoy employment continuity that is no less favorable than that offered by regular, open-ended employment.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 2325.

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Length: 30 pages
Date of creation: Sep 2006
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Publication status: published in: Applied Economics, 2009, 41 (9), 1077 - 1087
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp2325

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Keywords: atypical/contingent work; open-ended employment; employment continuity; unemployment; inactivity;

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  1. Cockx, Bart & Picchio, Matteo, 2009. "Are Short-Lived Jobs Stepping Stones to Long-Lasting Jobs?," IZA Discussion Papers 4007, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  2. Fabio Berton & Francesco Devicienti & Lia Pacelli, 2011. "Are temporary jobs a port of entry into permanent employment?: Evidence from matched employer-employee," International Journal of Manpower, Emerald Group Publishing, vol. 32(8), pages 879-899, November.
  3. Kyyrä, Tomi, 2010. "Partial unemployment insurance benefits and the transition rate to regular work," European Economic Review, Elsevier, vol. 54(7), pages 911-930, October.
  4. Bertrand-Cloodt Daniëlle & Cörvers Frank & Kriechel Ben & Thor Jesper van, 2011. "Why do recent graduates enter into flexible jobs?," Research Memorandum 046, Maastricht University, Maastricht Research School of Economics of Technology and Organization (METEOR).
  5. Hilary Ingham & Mike Ingham & Jose Adelino Afonso, 2013. "Participation in lifelong learning in Portugal and the UK," Working Papers 41842845, Lancaster University Management School, Economics Department.

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