Labour as a Buffer: Do Temporary Workers Suffer?

26 Pages Posted: 7 Feb 2003

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Alison L. Booth

Australian National University (ANU) - Research School of Social Sciences (RSSS); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Marco Francesconi

University of Essex; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

Jeff Frank

University of London, Royal Holloway College - Department of Economics

Date Written: December 2002

Abstract

In this paper, we investigate whether or not there is an equal opportunities dimension to regulating equal pay and conditions for temporary work. We develop a "buffer stock" model of temporary work that suggests a number of reasons why ethnic minorities and women may be more likely to be on fixed-term contracts than comparable white males. Using three different British datasets (a random representative survey of households and two data sets of specific labour market groups), we then estimate the degree to which women and/or ethnic minorities are more likely to be on temporary contracts and estimate any associated wage differentials.

Keywords: Wages, Temporary Employment, Agency and Fixed-term Work, Equal Oopportunities

JEL Classification: J21, J30, J63

Suggested Citation

Booth, Alison L. and Francesconi, Marco and Frank, Jeff, Labour as a Buffer: Do Temporary Workers Suffer? (December 2002). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=372479

Alison L. Booth

Australian National University (ANU) - Research School of Social Sciences (RSSS) ( email )

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Marco Francesconi (Contact Author)

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Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

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Germany

Jeff Frank

University of London, Royal Holloway College - Department of Economics ( email )

Royal Holloway College
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United Kingdom
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