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Temporary employment agencies make the world smaller:Evidence from labour mobility networks

Carlo Gianelle

Department of Economics University of Siena from Department of Economics, University of Siena

Abstract: This paper investigates how employment intermediaries affected the inter-firm network of worker mobility in an region of Italy in response of the reform that first allowed for temporary employment agencies in 1997. We map worker reallocations from a matched employer-employee dataset onto a directed graph, where vertices indicate firms, and links denote transfers of workers between firms. Using network-based methodologies we find that temporary employment agencies significantly increase network integration and practicability, while fastly increasing control over hiring channels. The policy implications of the results are discussed, highlighting the potential of network analysis as monitoring tool for regional and local labour markets.

Keywords: Inter-firm networks; labour mobility; temporary employment agencies (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C46 D85 J63 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2011-10
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cse, nep-geo, nep-lab, nep-mig and nep-ure
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