Temporary Help Work: Earnings, Wages, and Multiple Job Holding

29 Pages Posted: 19 Dec 2013

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Sarah Hamersma

Syracuse University - Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs

Carolyn Heinrich

Vanderbilt University; University of Texas at Austin

Peter R. Mueser

University of Missouri; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Date Written: January 2014

Abstract

Temporary help services (THS) employment has been growing in size, particularly among disadvantaged workers. An extended policy debate focuses on the low earnings, limited benefits, and insecurity that such jobs appear to provide. We investigate the earnings and wage differentials observed between THS and other jobs in a sample of disadvantaged workers. We find lower quarterly earnings at THS jobs but a $1 per hour wage premium. We reconcile these findings in terms of the shorter duration and lower hours worked at THS jobs. We interpret the premium as a compensating wage differential.

Suggested Citation

Hamersma, Sarah and Heinrich, Carolyn and Mueser, Peter R., Temporary Help Work: Earnings, Wages, and Multiple Job Holding (January 2014). Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society, Vol. 53, Issue 1, pp. 72-100, 2014, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2369597 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/irel.12047

Sarah Hamersma

Syracuse University - Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs ( email )

400 Eggers Hall
Syracuse, NY 13244
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Carolyn Heinrich

Vanderbilt University ( email )

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Peter R. Mueser

University of Missouri ( email )

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United States
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HOME PAGE: http://web.missouri.edu/~mueser/

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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