Atypical Jobs: Stepping Stones or Dead Ends? Evidence from the NLSY79

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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

Date Written: January 2015

Abstract

Atypical work arrangements have long been criticized as offering more precarious and lower paid work than regular open‐ended employment. An important British paper by Booth et al. (Economic Journal, Vol. 112 (2002), No. 480, pp. F189–F213) was among the first to recognize such jobs also functioned as a stepping stone to permanent work. This conclusion proved prescient, receiving increased support in Europe. Here, we provide a broadly parallel analysis for the USA, where research has been less targeted on this issue. We report similar findings for temporary workers in the USA as found for fixed‐term contract workers in Britain.

Suggested Citation

Addison, John T. and Cotti, Chad D. and Surfield, Christopher J., Atypical Jobs: Stepping Stones or Dead Ends? Evidence from the NLSY79 (January 2015). The Manchester School, Vol. 83, Issue 1, pp. 17-55, 2015. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2543023 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/manc.12052

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