TFP, Labor Productivity and the (Un)Observed Labor Input: Temporary Agency Work

48 Pages Posted: 16 Dec 2015

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Alexander Schiersch

German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin)

Date Written: December 8, 2015

Abstract

The study focuses on the question of whether productivity estimates are biased due to the emergence of a new input that is usually omitted: temporary agency worker (TAW). The study analyzes labor productivity and TFP by means of a structural approach using a representative dataset of German manufacturing firms. The empirical results show, once TAW is taken into account, that: i) labor productivity in most manufacturing sectors is significantly lower; ii) average TFP differs significantly in most sectors; but iii) the coefficients for regular labor are not significantly different between estimations with and without TAW.

Keywords: Temporary agency work, total factor productivity, labor productivity, omitted variable bias, structural productivity estimation

JEL Classification: D24, J24, L24, L60

Suggested Citation

Schiersch, Alexander, TFP, Labor Productivity and the (Un)Observed Labor Input: Temporary Agency Work (December 8, 2015). DIW Berlin Discussion Paper No. 1532, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2704226 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2704226

Alexander Schiersch (Contact Author)

German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin) ( email )

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