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Atypical Work: Who Gets It, and Where Does It Lead? Some U.S. Evidence Using the NLSY79

  • Addison, John T.

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    (University of South Carolina)

  • Cotti, Chad

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    (University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh)

  • Surfield, Christopher J.

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    (Saginaw Valley State University)

Atypical work arrangements have long been criticized as offering more precarious and lower paid work than regular open-ended employment. In an important paper, Booth et al. (2002) were among the first to recognize that notwithstanding their potential deficiencies, such jobs also functioned as a stepping stone to permanent work. This conclusion proved prescient and has received increasing support in Europe. In the present note, we provide a parallel analysis to Booth et al. for the United States – somewhat of a missing link in the evolving empirical literature – and obtain not dissimilar similar findings for the category of temporary workers as do they for fixed-term contract workers.

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Length: 26 pages
Date of creation: Sep 2009
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Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp4444
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  1. Michael Kvasnicka, 2009. "Does Temporary Help Work Provide a Stepping Stone to Regular Employment?," NBER Chapters, in: Studies of Labor Market Intermediation, pages 335-372 National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  2. Alison L Booth & Juan J. Dolado & Jeff Frank, 2002. "Symposium On Temporary Work Introduction," Economic Journal, Royal Economic Society, vol. 112(480), pages F181-F188, June.
  3. José Varejão & Pedro Portugal, 2003. "Why Do Firms Use Fixed-Term Contracts?," CEF.UP Working Papers 0310, Universidade do Porto, Faculdade de Economia do Porto.
  4. John T. Addison & Christopher J. Surfield, 2008. "Atypical Work and Employment Continuity," Working Paper Series 12-08, The Rimini Centre for Economic Analysis, revised Jan 2008.
  5. John T. Addison & Christopher J. Surfield, 2007. "Atypical Work and Pay," Southern Economic Journal, Southern Economic Association, vol. 73(4), pages 1038–1065, April.
  6. Ichino, Andrea & Mealli, Fabrizia & Nannicini, Tommaso, 2006. "From Temporary Help Jobs to Permanent Employment: What Can We Learn from Matching Estimators and their Sensitivity?," CEPR Discussion Papers 5736, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
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