Atypical Work: Who Gets it, and Where Does it Lead? Some U.S. Evidence Using the NLSY79

26 Pages Posted: 15 Oct 2009

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John T. Addison

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

Chad D. Cotti

University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh; University of Connecticut - Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics

Christopher J. Surfield

Saginaw Valley State University

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Addison, John T. and Cotti, Chad D. and Surfield, Christopher J., Atypical Work: Who Gets it, and Where Does it Lead? Some U.S. Evidence Using the NLSY79. IZA Discussion Paper No. 4444. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1489267

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