Temporary Agency Work and the Great Recession

26 Pages Posted: 9 May 2016

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Daniel Baumgarten

Ruhr Graduate School in Economics; Rhine-Westphalia Institute for Economic Research (RWI-Essen)

Michael Kvasnicka

RWI Essen (Berlin Office)

Abstract

We investigate with German data how the use of temporary agency work has helped establishments to manage the economic and financial crisis in 2008/09. We examine the (regular) workforce development, use of short-time work, and business performance of establishments that made differential use of temporary agency work prior to the crisis. Overall, our results suggest that establishments with a greater use of temporary agency work coped better with the sharp decline in demand and made less frequent use of government-sponsored short-time work schemes.

Keywords: labour demand, employment adjustment, economic crisis, short-time work, temporary agency work, establishment data

JEL Classification: E32, J23, L23, J68

Suggested Citation

Baumgarten, Daniel and Kvasnicka, Michael, Temporary Agency Work and the Great Recession. IZA Discussion Paper No. 9913. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2776918

Daniel Baumgarten (Contact Author)

Ruhr Graduate School in Economics ( email )

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Rhine-Westphalia Institute for Economic Research (RWI-Essen) ( email )

Hohenzollernstr. 1-3
Essen, 45128
Germany
+492018149510 (Phone)
+492018149500 (Fax)

HOME PAGE: http://www.rwi-essen.de/

Michael Kvasnicka

RWI Essen (Berlin Office) ( email )

Hohenzollernstr. 1-3
Berlin, 45128
Germany

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