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The Role of Temporary Help Employment in Low-Wage Worker Advancement

Carolyn J. Heinrich, Peter R. Mueser and Kenneth R. Troske

in Studies of Labor Market Intermediation

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780226032887
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226032900 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226032900.003.0013
The Role of Temporary Help Employment in Low-Wage Worker Advancement

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The basic patterns of temporary help service (THS) effects are very similar for women and for men and for individuals seeking employment in an economic boom and in a period of relative stagnation. For many individuals, temporary help employment may well be available when other kinds of jobs are not. The concerns that individuals who make the choice to take such a job will remain trapped in low-wage and unstable jobs appear to be unfounded; there is no evidence that a strategy of waiting for a better job yields any benefits at all. If policymakers consider a greater role for THS firms for those seeking employment assistance, tracking these firms' success in facilitating placements of workers into permanent jobs in other sectors may be important in evaluating and improving the effectiveness of such policies.

Keywords: temporary help service; THS; employment; low wage; policymakers

Chapter.  15128 words. 

Subjects: Econometrics and Mathematical Economics

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