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Grupo de Estudos Monetários e Financeiros

Estudos do GEMF, N.º 12 de 2009


Atypical Work: Who Gets It, and Where Does It Lead?

Some U.S. Evidence Using the NLSY79

John T. Addison

Moore School of Business, University of South Carolina and GEMF

Chad Cotti
College of Business, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh

Christopher J. Surfieldy
College of Business and Management, Saginaw Valley State University

Atypical work arrangements have long been criticized as offering more precarious and lower paid work than regular open-ended employment. In an important paper published in this journal, Booth et al. (2002) were among the first to recognize that notwithstanding their potential deficiencies, such jobs also functioned as a stepping stone to permanent work. This conclusion proved prescient and has received increasing support in Europe. In the present note, we provide a parallel analysis to Booth et al. for the United States – somewhat of a missing link in the evolving empirical literature – and obtain not dissimilar similar findings for the category of temporary workers as do they for fixed-term contract workers.

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