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Do changes in regulation affect employment duration in temporary help agencies?

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  • Manfred Antoni, Institute for Employment Research (IAB), Germany
  • Elke Jahn
  • http://www.asb.dk/omos/institutter/departmentofeconomics/
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The employment duration of workers in temporary help agencies is seen as an important indicator of their job quality. Most of the countries that regulate temporary agency employment do so to insure at least a minimal level of employment stability. Over the past three decades Germany has repeatedly liberalized the law on temporary agency employment. These successive reforms should have affected the employment duration in the temporary employment sector. Based on informative administrative data, we use a mixed proportional hazard rate model to examine whether employment duration has changed in response to these reforms. We find that the repeated prolongation of the maximum assignment period has significantly increased average employment duration, while the possibility to conclude fixed-term contracts and further liberalizations have reduced employment tenure.
Original languageEnglish
JournalIndustrial and Labor Relations Review
Pages (from-to)226-251
Number of pages26
Publication statusPublished - 2009

    Research areas

  • Temporary agency employment ,, Labor law, Hazard rate, Duration model, Regulation

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