The Resource Do temporary help jobs improve labor market outcomes for low skilled workers? : evidence from random assignments, David Autor [and] Susan N. Houseman., (electronic resource)

Do temporary help jobs improve labor market outcomes for low skilled workers? : evidence from random assignments, David Autor [and] Susan N. Houseman., (electronic resource)

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Do temporary help jobs improve labor market outcomes for low skilled workers? : evidence from random assignments
Title
Do temporary help jobs improve labor market outcomes for low skilled workers?
Title remainder
evidence from random assignments
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David Autor [and] Susan N. Houseman.
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eng
Summary
A disproportionate share of low-skilled U.S. workers is employed by temporary help firms. These firms offer rapid entry into paid employment, but temporary help jobs are typically brief and it is unknown whether they foster longer-term employment. We draw upon an unusual, large-scale policy experiment in the state of Michigan to evaluate whether holding temporary help jobs facilitates labor market advancement for low-skilled workers. To identify these effects, we exploit the random assignment of welfare-to-work clients across numerous welfare service providers in a major metropolitan area. These providers feature substantially different placement rates at temporary help jobs but offer otherwise similar services. We find that moving welfare participants into temporary help jobs boosts their short-term earnings. But these gains are offset by lower earnings, less frequent employment, and potentially higher welfare recidivism over the next one to two years. In contrast, placements in direct-hire jobs raise participants' earnings substantially and reduce recidivism both one and two years following placement. We conclude that encouraging low-skilled workers to take temporary help agency jobs is no more effective - and possibly less effective - than providing no job placements at all. Keywords: Temporary Help Employment, Contingent Work, Welfare, Work First, Earnings, Employment. JEL Classifications: I38, J20, J30, J40
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Abstract in HTML and working paper for download in PDF available via World Wide Web at the Social Science Research Network.
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Autor, David H
Funding information
Financial support from the Sloan Foundation and the National Science Foundation as a CAREER award
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illustrations
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no index present
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non fiction
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  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
  • technical reports
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1956-
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  • Houseman, Susan N.
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Internet Archive
Series statement
Working paper series / Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Economics
Series volume
working paper 05-26
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  • Temporary employment
  • Unskilled labor
  • Labor supply
  • Labor market
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Do temporary help jobs improve labor market outcomes for low skilled workers? : evidence from random assignments, David Autor [and] Susan N. Houseman., (electronic resource)
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"October 27, 2005"--T.p. -- "October 2005, revised from January 2005"--Abstract, p. [i]
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 32-34)
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28 cm.
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unknown
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[i], 34, [12] p.
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ill.
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remote
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  • (OCoLC)64386368
  • (CaSfIA)dotemporaryhelpj00auto
  • (CaSfIA)001360804
Label
Do temporary help jobs improve labor market outcomes for low skilled workers? : evidence from random assignments, David Autor [and] Susan N. Houseman., (electronic resource)
Publication
Note
"October 27, 2005"--T.p. -- "October 2005, revised from January 2005"--Abstract, p. [i]
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 32-34)
Dimensions
28 cm.
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
[i], 34, [12] p.
Other physical details
ill.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)64386368
  • (CaSfIA)dotemporaryhelpj00auto
  • (CaSfIA)001360804

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