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Temporary Help Work: Earnings, Wages and Multiple Job Holding

Peter Mueser, Sarah Hamersma and Carolyn Heinrich

No 1214, Working Papers from Department of Economics, University of Missouri

Abstract: Temporary Help Services (THS) employment has been growing in size, particularly among disadvantaged workers. An extended policy debate focuses on the low earnings, limited benefits, and insecurity that such jobs appear to provide. We investigate the earnings and wage differentials observed between THS and other jobs in a sample of disadvantaged workers. We find lower quarterly earnings at THS jobs but a $1 per hour wage premium. We reconcile these findings in terms of the shorter duration and lower hours worked at THS jobs. We interpret the premium as a compensating wage differential.

Keywords: temporary employment; compensating differential; quarterly earnings; wages; multiple jobs (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J3 J4 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2012-12-21
Note: Length: 54 pages
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