Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/35832
Authors: 
Addison, John T.
Surfield, Christopher J.
Year of Publication: 
2009
Series/Report no.: 
IZA discussion papers 4065
Abstract: 
Atypical employment arrangements such as agency temporary work and contracting have long been criticized as offering more precarious and unstable work than regular employment. Using data from two datasets - the CAEAS and the NLSY79 we determine whether workers who take such jobs rather than regular employment, or the alternative of continued job search, subsequently experience greater or lesser employment continuity. Observed differences between the various working arrangements are starkest when we do not account for unobserved individual heterogeneity. Controlling for the latter, we report that the advantage of regular work over atypical work and atypical work over continued joblessness dissipates.
Subjects: 
Atypical work
open-ended work
employment continuity
unemployment
inactivity
JEL: 
J40
J60
J63
M50
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Document Type: 
Working Paper

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