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The Use of Alternative Work Arrangements by the Jobless: Evidence from the CAEAS/CPS

21 Pages Posted: 3 Nov 2004  

John T. Addison

University of South Carolina - Moore School of Business - Department of Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Christopher J. Surfield

Saginaw Valley State University

Date Written: November 2004

Abstract

Alternative work arrangements (AWAs), such as contracting, consulting, and temporary work, have been criticized as providing only atypical, even precarious, employment. Yet they may also allow workers to locate suitable job matches. Exploiting data from all four Contingent and Alternative Employment Arrangement Supplements to the Current Population Survey, we investigate the initial job-finding strategies pursued by the unemployed. Within the narrow window offered by the data, we find that unemployed workers who become reemployed are more likely to find work in AWAs than in regular, open-ended employment. When we evaluate the use of AWAs against unemployment, there is also evidence that the jobless are entering AWAs as pathways out of their initial labor market state.

Keywords: alternative work arrangements, atypical work, temp

JEL Classification: J21, J24, J63, M50

Suggested Citation

Addison, John T. and Surfield, Christopher J., The Use of Alternative Work Arrangements by the Jobless: Evidence from the CAEAS/CPS (November 2004). IZA Discussion Paper No. 1378. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=614481

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Christopher J. Surfield

Saginaw Valley State University ( email )

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