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Mind the Gap, Please! The Effect of Temporary Help Agencies on the Consequences of Work Accidents

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  • Carlos García-Serrano

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  • Virginia Hernanz
  • Luis Toharia

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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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  • Carlos García-Serrano & Virginia Hernanz & Luis Toharia, 2010. "Mind the Gap, Please! The Effect of Temporary Help Agencies on the Consequences of Work Accidents," Journal of Labor Research, Springer, vol. 31(2), pages 162-182, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:jlabre:v:31:y:2010:i:2:p:162-182
    DOI: 10.1007/s12122-010-9085-2
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    Keywords

    Work accidents; Temporary help agencies; Temporary employment; J28; J41;

    JEL classification:

    • J28 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Safety; Job Satisfaction; Related Public Policy
    • J41 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Particular Labor Markets - - - Labor Contracts

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