Atypical Work: Who Gets it, and Where Does it Lead? Some U.S. Evidence Using the NLSY79
26 Pages Posted: 15 Oct 2009
Atypical work arrangements have long been criticized as offering more precarious and lower paid work than regular open-ended employment. In an important paper, Booth et al. (2002) were among the first to recognize that notwithstanding their potential deficiencies, such jobs also functioned as a stepping stone to permanent work. This conclusion proved prescient and has received increasing support in Europe. In the present note, we provide a parallel analysis to Booth et al. for the United States - somewhat of a missing link in the evolving empirical literature -and obtain not dissimilar similar findings for the category of temporary workers as do they for fixed-term contract workers.
Keywords: atypical work, temporary jobs, contracting/consulting work, regular open-ended employment, earnings development
JEL Classification: J30, J40, J63
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