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

  • Carlos García-Serrano

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  • Virginia Hernanz
  • Luis Toharia

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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Article provided by Springer in its journal Journal of Labor Research.

Volume (Year): 31 (2010)
Issue (Month): 2 (June)
Pages: 162-182

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