Atypical Jobs: Stepping Stones or Dead Ends? Evidence from the NLSY79
39 Pages Posted: 27 Dec 2014
Date Written: January 2015
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.
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