Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/20674
Authors: 
Addison, John T.
Surfield, Christopher J.
Year of Publication: 
2004
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion paper series 1378
Abstract: 
Alternative work arrangements (AWAs), such as contracting, consulting, and temporary work, have been criticized as providing only atypical, even precarious, employment. Yet they may also allow workers to locate suitable job matches. Exploiting data from all four Contingent and Alternative Employment Arrangement Supplements to the Current Population Survey, we investigate the initial job-finding strategies pursued by the unemployed. Within the narrow window offered by the data, we find that unemployed workers who become reemployed are more likely to find work in AWAs than in regular, open-ended employment. When we evaluate the use of AWAs against unemployment, there is also evidence that the jobless are entering AWAs as pathways out of their initial labor market state.
Subjects: 
alternative work arrangements
atypical work
temporary work
unemployment
job matching
JEL: 
M50
J21
J24
J63
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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