Research Report Temporary Help Agencies and the Advancement Prospects of Low Earners
Fredrik Andersson, Harry Holzer, Julia Lane
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In this paper we use a very large matched database on firms and employees to analyze the use of temporary agencies by low earners and its impact on their employment outcomes. Our results show that, while temp workers have lower earnings than others while working at these agencies, their subsequent earnings are often higherbut only if they manage to gain stable work with other employers. Furthermore, the positive effects seem mostly to occur because those working for temp agencies subsequently gain access to higher-wage firms, and they persist over time.
Research Areas Education Workforce
Tags Workforce development Workplace and industry studies
Policy Centers Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population