Atypical Work and Employment Continuity

36 Pages Posted: 30 Mar 2009

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John T. Addison

University of South Carolina - Moore School of Business - Department of Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Christopher J. Surfield

Saginaw Valley State University

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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.

Keywords: atypical work, open-ended work, employment continuity, unemployment, inactivity

JEL Classification: J40, J60, J63, M50

Suggested Citation

Addison, John T. and Surfield, Christopher J., Atypical Work and Employment Continuity. IZA Discussion Paper No. 4065. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1369811

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