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What Does a Temporary Help Service Offer?: Preliminary evidence from Japan (Japanese)

  • OKUDAIRA Hiroko
  • OHTAKE Fumio
  • KUME Koichi
  • TSURU Kotaro

The aim of this paper is to provide a preliminary test of whether or not temporary help service (THS) work benefits workers in Japan. By applying the simple ATT (average treatment effect on the treated) method to Japanese survey data, we obtained two tentative findings. First, we cannot deny the possibility that THS work has a negative impact on the probability of being permanently employed in subsequent years, when compared to direct-hire part-time jobs. Second, a comparison between THS workers and unemployed persons at a certain point of time shows that those working a THS job can expect a significantly higher income in the following 18 months than those who are unemployed. We conclude that THS work in Japan has provided a means to obtaining quick earnings, but it has not served as a stepping stone to permanent employment.

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Paper provided by Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI) in its series Discussion Papers (Japanese) with number 11055.

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Length: 38 pages
Date of creation: Apr 2011
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Handle: RePEc:eti:rdpsjp:11055
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