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Do 'Bad' Jobs Lead to 'Good' Jobs?: Evidence for 1997-2007


  • Bruce Headey


For some years now the German Government has been imposing increasingly strict job search requirements on unemployed people. One aim of current policy is to ensure that, if citizens accept unemployment benefits, they must actively search for work. Clearly, case managers try to match jobs to the qualifications of their clients, but it is generally required that individuals must take any job they are capable of doing, or risk losing benefits. One implied and sometimes stated justification for the requirement is that, once a person enters or re-enters the job market, he/she may have an improved chance of finding a better paying or more satisfying job, compared with someone who remains unemployed. Simply put, the idea is that any job is better than none, that 'bad' jobs may lead to 'good' jobs, or at least to 'better' jobs.

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  • Bruce Headey, 2009. "Do 'Bad' Jobs Lead to 'Good' Jobs?: Evidence for 1997-2007," Weekly Report, DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research, vol. 5(11), pages 75-80.
  • Handle: RePEc:diw:diwwrp:wr5-11

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