The Role of Contingent Work in the War Against Poverty

36 Pages Posted: 6 Oct 2003

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Catalina Amuedo-Dorantes

San Diego State University - Department of Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Cynthia Bansak

Saint Lawrence University - Department of Economics

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Date Written: April 2003

Abstract

The 1980s and 1990s witnessed the success of work-based welfare reform in reducing welfare caseloads. While welfare reform was effective in lowering immediate welfare dependency, researchers have questioned its long-run success in alleviating poverty partially due to the precariousness surrounding the jobs held by welfare leavers. This paper addresses this concern by examining (1) the likelihood of taking a contingent job given one's welfare dependency and past poverty status; (2) the probability of being on welfare for different types of contingent workers relative to their non-contingent counterparts; and (3) the likelihood of living in poverty in the near future as a function of past employment in alternative types of contingent jobs.

Keywords: Contingent work, poverty, welfare, temporary help

JEL Classification: J20, J22, J32, J38

Suggested Citation

Amuedo-Dorantes, Catalina and Bansak, Cynthia, The Role of Contingent Work in the War Against Poverty (April 2003). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=430440 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.430440

Catalina Amuedo-Dorantes (Contact Author)

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Cynthia Bansak

Saint Lawrence University - Department of Economics ( email )

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