What Drives the Demand for Temporary Agency Workers?

15 Pages Posted: 17 Aug 2012

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Elke J. Jahn

Institute for Employment Research (IAB); University of Bayreuth; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Jan Bentzen

affiliation not provided to SSRN

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Date Written: September 2012


As part of the general trend towards increased employment flexibility temporary agency employment has grown steadily in most European countries. The paper examines, first, whether the deregulation of temporary agency employment is responsible for the growth of the flexible staffing industry. Second, we investigate the cyclical behavior of temporary agency employment. Using monthly data for Germany, we show that the liberalization of the law regulating the sector is not the main reason for the surge of this employment form. Our analysis reveals, moreover, that temporary agency employment exhibits strong cyclical behavior and correlates with main economic indicators in real time.

JEL Classification: C41, J23, J40, J48, K31

Suggested Citation

Jahn, Elke J. and Bentzen, Jan, What Drives the Demand for Temporary Agency Workers? (September 2012). LABOUR, Vol. 26, Issue 3, pp. 341-355, 2012, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2131035 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9914.2012.00550.x

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Jan Bentzen

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