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Atypical Work and Employment Continuity

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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)

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Atypical employment arrangements such as agency temporary work and contracting have long been criticized as offering more precarious and unstable work than regular employment. Using data from two datasets – the CAEAS and the NLSY79 – we determine whether workers who take such jobs rather than regular employment, or the alternative of continued job search, subsequently experience greater or lesser employment continuity. Observed differences between the various working arrangements are starkest when we do not account for unobserved individual heterogeneity. Controlling for the latter, we report that the advantage of regular work over atypical work and atypical work over continued joblessness dissipates.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 4065.

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Length: 36 pages
Date of creation: Mar 2009
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Publication status: published in: Industrial Relations, 2009, 48 (4), 655-683
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp4065

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

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  1. 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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