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Help or Hindrance: Temporary Help Agencies and the United States Transitory Workforce

Fraser Summerfield ()

No 911, Working Papers from University of Guelph, Department of Economics and Finance

Abstract: The impact of a Temporary Help Agency (THA) job placement on an employee’s future employment status and labor market income is examined using NLSY79 data for the late 1990s. Several matching estimators provide gender-specific estimates of the effects of temporary agency employment on future employment outcomes. Compared to directhire temps, women’s earnings increase two years after THA employment, while men’s do not. Four years after THA employment, women continue to benefit from THA jobs, while men experience lower earnings and probability of employment. We find THA work does not help men with future income or employability, however, policy encouraging women to use THA firms for labor market re-entry would be beneficial in these two areas.

Keywords: Labor Income; Wage; Occupation; Temporary Workers; Gender; Employment Status; Temporary Help Agencies. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J31 J21 J22 J16 J63 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2009
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