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Identifying the Substitution Effect of Temporary Agency Employment

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  • Jahn, Elke J.

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    (Institute for Employment Research (IAB), Nuremberg)

  • Weber, Enzo

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    (Institute for Employment Research (IAB), Nuremberg)

Abstract

This paper fills a gap in the literature by investigating whether temporary agency employment substitutes regular employment. To take into account the interaction between the two employment forms, we identify a SVAR model with correlated innovations by volatility regimes. We show that a positive shock to temporary agency employment increases overall employment, but also leads to substitution of regular jobs.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 6471.

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Length: 10 pages
Date of creation: Apr 2012
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Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp6471

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Keywords: temporary agency employment; substitution effect; Germany;

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  1. Eichhorst, Werner & Kendzia, Michael J. & al., et, 2013. "Report No. 57: The Role and Activities of Employment Agencies," IZA Research Reports 57, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).

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