Does Atypical Work Help the Jobless? Evidence from a Caeas/Cps Cohort Analysis

30 Pages Posted: 12 Oct 2006

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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: September 2006

Abstract

Atypical employment, such as temporary, on-call, and contract work, has been found disproportionately to attract the jobless. But there is no consensus in the literature as to the labour market consequences of such job choice by unemployed individuals. Using data from the Current Population Survey, we investigate the implications of the initial job-finding strategies pursued by the jobless for their short- and medium-term employment stability. At first sight, it appears that taking an offer of regular employment provides the greatest degree of employment continuity for the jobless. However, closer inspection indicates that the jobless who take up atypical employment are not only more likely to be employed one month and one year later than those who continue to search, but also to enjoy employment continuity that is no less favorable than that offered by regular, open-ended employment.

Keywords: atypical/contingent work, open-ended employment, employment continuity, unemployment, inactivity

JEL Classification: J40, J64, J20

Suggested Citation

Addison, John T. and Surfield, Christopher J., Does Atypical Work Help the Jobless? Evidence from a Caeas/Cps Cohort Analysis (September 2006). IZA Discussion Paper No. 2325. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=936937

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