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The Use of Alternative Work Arrangements by the Jobless: Evidence from the CAEAS/CPS


John T. Addison


University of South Carolina - Moore School of Business - Department of Economics; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

Christopher J. Surfield


Saginaw Valley State University

November 2004

IZA Discussion Paper No. 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.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 21

Keywords: alternative work arrangements, atypical work, temp

JEL Classification: J21, J24, J63, M50

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Date posted: November 3, 2004  

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Addison, John T. and Surfield, Christopher J., The Use of Alternative Work Arrangements by the Jobless: Evidence from the CAEAS/CPS (November 2004). IZA Discussion Paper No. 1378. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=614481

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John T. Addison (Contact Author)
University of South Carolina - Moore School of Business - Department of Economics ( email )
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Christopher J. Surfield
Saginaw Valley State University ( email )
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University Center, MI 48710-0001
United States
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