Gig-Jobs: Stepping Stones or Dead Ends?

42 Pages Posted: 2 Dec 2020

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Adrian Adermon

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Lena Hensvik

IFAU - Institute for Labour Market Policy Evaluation

Date Written: November 2020

Abstract

How useful is work experience from the gig economy for labor market entrants searching for traditional wage jobs? We conducted a correspondence study in Sweden, comparing callback rates for recent high school graduates with (i) gig-experience, (ii) traditional experience, and (iii) unemployment history. We also study heterogeneous responses with respect to perceived foreign background. Our findings suggest that gig-experience is more valuable than unemployment, but less useful than traditional experience for majority applicants. Strikingly however, no form of labor market experience increases the callback rate for minority workers.

JEL Classification: J23, J71

Suggested Citation

Adermon, Adrian and Hensvik, Lena, Gig-Jobs: Stepping Stones or Dead Ends? (November 2020). CEPR Discussion Paper No. DP15420, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3737553

Adrian Adermon (Contact Author)

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Lena Hensvik

IFAU - Institute for Labour Market Policy Evaluation ( email )

Box 513
751 20 Uppsala
Sweden

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