Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/68710
Authors: 
Nielen, Sebastian
Schiersch, Alexander
Year of Publication: 
2011
Series/Report no.: 
Schumpeter Discussion Papers 2011-006
Abstract: 
This paper addresses the relationship between the utilization of temporary agency workers by firms and their competitiveness measured by unit labor costs, using a rich, newly built, data set of German manufacturing enterprises. The analysis is conducted by applying different panel data models while taking the inherent selection problem into account. Making use of dynamic panel data models allows us to control for firm specific fixed effects as well as for potential endogeneity of explanatory variables. The results indicate a U-shaped relationship between the extent that temporary agency workers are used and the competitiveness of firms.
Subjects: 
Temporary agency work
competitiveness
firm performance
manufacturing
JEL: 
D24
J24
L60
Persistent Identifier of the first edition: 
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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