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Temporary work agencies and equilibrium unemployment

  • Neugart, Michael

    (Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University)

  • Storrie, Donald

    (Centre for European Labour Market Studies, Department of Economics)

A striking feature of OECD labor markets in the 1990s has been the very rapid increase of temporary agency work. We augment the equilibrium unemployment model as developed by Pissarides and Mortensen with temporary work agencies in order to focus on their role as matching intermediaries and to examine the aggregate impact on employment. Our model implies that the improvement in the matching e±ciency of agencies led to the emergence and growth of temporary agency work. We also show that temporary agency work does not necessarily crowd-out other jobs.

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Paper provided by University of Gothenburg, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers in Economics with number 83.

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Length: 30 pages
Date of creation: 25 Oct 2002
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:gunwpe:0083
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