Other Research

Temporary staffing has attracted considerable academic and policy interest as a transitional employment strategy for disadvantaged persons, particularly for individuals moving from welfare to work. Below are links to a variety of external research reports and other publications to provide insights and perspective regarding:

Alternative Staffing Program Characteristics

  2009 Brokering Up: The Role of Temporary Staffing in Overcoming Labor Market Barriers
Françoise Carré, Brandynn Holgate, Helen Levine, Mandira Kala, Center for Social Policy, University of Massachusetts, Boston
  2007 Innovative Employment Approaches and Programs for Low-Income Families
Karin Martinson and Pamela Holcolmb, Urban Institute
  2005 Staffing Agencies and the Hard-to-Employ Population
Anouk Shambrook, Tarecq Amer, and Tse Ming Tam, National Economic Development and Law Center staff;  Marc Doussard, Nik Theodore, University of Illinois at Chicago
  2003 Alternative Job Brokering: Addressing Labor Market Disadvantages, Improving the Temp Experience and Enhancing Job Opportunities
Françoise Carré, University of Massachusetts, Boston

Alternative Work Arrangements

2005 Contingent and Alternative Employment Arrangements, February 2005
US Department of Labor
2003 Alternative Employment Arrangements
Janet H. Marler, State University of New York at Albany
2003 Nonstandard Work Arrangements in the Public Sector: Trends and Issues
James Thompson and Sharon Mastracci, University of Illinois at Chicago
2001 Day Labor, Low-Wage Work and Immigrant Employment Opportunities in Chicago
Nik Theodore and Chirag Mehta, University of Illinois at Chicago
2001 Low-Income and Low-Skilled Workers’ Involvement in Nonstandard Employment 
The Urban Institute

Employer Perspectives

2010 Manufacturing Plants’ Use of Temporary Workers: An Analysis Using Census Micro Data
Yukako Ono and Daniel G. Sullivan, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
2009 The Role of Contingent Workers in Workforce Strategy Survey
Manpower, Inc.
2008 Understanding the Demand Side of the Low-Wage Labor Market
Gregory Acs and Pamela J. Loprest, The Urban Institute
2006 Manufacturers’ Outsourcing to Employment Services
Matthew Dey and Anne Polivka, Bureau of Labor Statistics; Susan Houseman, W. E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research.
2005 Customers View Flexibility and Talent as Top Assets of Staffing Industry
American Staffing Association
2004 How willing are employers to hire ex-offenders?
Harry J. Holzer, Georgetown University; Steven Raphael, University of California, Berkeley; Michael A. Stoll, University of California, Los Angeles
2002 The Effects of Temporary Services and Contracting Out on Low-Skilled Workers: Evidence from Auto Suppliers, Hospitals, and Public Schools
George Erickcek, Susan Houseman and Arne Kalleberg, Upjohn Institute
2000 Why Employers Use Flexible Staffing Arrangements: Evidence from an Establishment Survey
Susan N. Houseman, W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research

 

 

Ex-Offenders

  2010 Transitional Jobs for Ex-Prisoners: Implementation, Two-Year Impacts, and Costs of the Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO) Prisoner Reentry Program
Nancy M. Pindus and Janine M. Zweig, The Urban Institute

Green Jobs

2010 Issue Brief: Low-Skill Workers’ Access to Quality Green Jobs
Karin Martinson, Alexandra Stanczyk and Lauren Eyster, The Urban Institute

Job Quality Issues

2010 Temporary Help Work: Compensating Differentials and Multiple Job-Holding
Sarah Hamersma, University of Florida; Carolyn J. Heinrich, University of Wisconsin
2008 Does Outsourcing Reduce Wages in the Low Wage Service Occupations? Evidence from Janitors and Guards
Arindrajit Dube, University of California, Berkeley; Ethan Kaplan, IIES, University of Stockholm
2008 The Effect of Temporary Employment on Asset Accumulation Processes (Abstract only) Donald M. McGrath, Ohio State University ; Lisa A. Keister, Duke University
2005 Temporary downturn? Temporary staffing in the recession and the jobless recovery
Jamie Peck, University of Wisconsin–Madison;  Nik Theodore, University of Illinois at Chicago
2001 Temporary Government: The County of San Diego’s Growing Use of Temporary Workers
Sundari Baru, Ph.D., Jack McGlinn and Philip E. Delgado, Center on Policy Initiatives
2001 Working on the Margins: California’s Growing Temporary Workforce
Sundari Baru, Ph.D., Center on Policy Initiatives
2005 Wage Differentials for Temporary Services Work: Evidence from Administrative Data
Lewis M. Segal, Infometrics and Daniel G. Sullivan, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
1998 The Effects of Temporary Services and Contracting Out on Low-Skilled Workers: Evidence from Auto Suppliers, Hospitals, and Public Schools
George Erickcek, Susan Houseman and Arne Kalleberg, Upjohn Institute

Labor Market Intermediaries

2009 Do Temporary Help Jobs Improve Labor Market Outcomes for Low-Skilled Workers? Evidence from ‘Work First’
David H. Autor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Susan N. Houseman, Upjohn Institute for Employment Research
2009 New Estimates of Public Employment and Training Program Net Impacts: A Non Experimental Evaluation of the Workforce Investment Act Program
Carolyn J. Heinrich, Peter R. Mueser, Kenneth R. Troske, Kyung-Seong Jeon, Daver C. Kahvecioglu, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)
2009 Alternative Welfare-to-Work Strategies for the Hard-to-Employ: Testing Transitional Jobs and Pre-Employment Services in Philadelphia
Jennifer Yahner and Nancy M. Pindus, Urban Institute
2009 A Review of: Staircases or Treadmills? Labor Market Intermediaries and Economic Opportunity in a Changing Economy
Chris Beener, Laura Leet and Manuel Pastor, Cornell University ILR School
2008 Temporary Help Service Firms’ Use of Employer Tax Credits: Implications for Disadvantaged Workers’ Labor Market Outcomes
Sarah Hamersma, University of Florida; Carolyn Heinrich, University of Wisconsin–Madison.
2008 The Economics of Labor Market Intermediation: An Analytic Framework
David Autor, National Bureau of Economic Research
2008 A Review of: The Good Temp
Vicki Smith and Esther B. Neuwirth, Cornell University IRL School
2007 Temporary Help Agencies and the Advancement Prospects of Low Earners
Fredrik Andersson, Harry J. Holzer, Julia Lane, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)
2006 Does temporary agency employment offer a way out of poverty?
David H. Autor and Susan N. Houseman, Institute for Research on Poverty, University of Wisconsin-Madison
2006 A review of: Moving Up or Moving On: Who Advances in the Low-Wage Labor Market?
Fredrik Andersson, Harry J. Holzer, and Julia I. Lane, Cornell University ILR School
2006 The Temporary Staffing Industry and Workforce Development: Assessing a System of Local      Experiments (Abstract only)
Marc  Doussard and Nik Theodore, University of Illinois at Chicago
2006 Flexible recession: the temporary staffing industry and mediated work in the United States (Abstract only)
Jamie Peck, University of Wisconsin–Madison;  Nik Theodore, University of Illinois at Chicago
2005 The Role of Temporary Help Employment in Low-wage Worker Advancement
Carolyn J. Heinrich, Peter R. Mueser and Kenneth R. Troske, National Bureau of Economic Research
2005 Temporary Downturn? Temporary Staffing in the Recession and the Jobless Recovery
Jamie Peck, University of Wisconsin at Madison and Nik Theodore, University of Illinois at Chicago
2004 Encouraging Job Advancement Among Low-Wage Workers: A New Approach
Harry Holzer, The Brookings Institution
2003 Whose Job Is It? Creating Opportunities for Advancement
Nan Poppe, Julie Strawn and Karin Martinson, Center for Law and Social Policy
2001 Staircases and Treadmills: The Role of Labor Market Intermediaries in Placing Workers and Fostering Upward Mobility
Chris Benner, University of California at Santa Cruz et al.

Sectoral Approaches

2010 Tuning In to Local Labor Markets
Sheila Maguire, Joshua Freely, Carol Clymer, Maureen Conway, and Deena Schwartz, Public/Private Ventures
2007 An Evaluation of the Newark/Essex Construction Careers Consortium Pre-Apprenticeship Training Program
John J. Heldrich, Center for Workforce Development, Rutgers

Welfare-to-Work/Disadvantaged Workers

2006 Temporary Help Service Firms’ Use of Employer Tax Credits: Implications for Disadvantaged Workers’ Labor Market Outcomes
Carolyn J. Heinrich, University of Wisconsin at Madison, Peter R. Mueser and Kenneth R. Troske, University of Missouri at Columbia
2005 The Impact of a Temporary Help Job: An Analysis of Outcomes for Participants in Three Missouri Programs
Carolyn J. Heinrich, University of Wisconsin at Madison, Peter R. Mueser and Kenneth R. Troske, University of Missouri at Columbia
2005 Do Temporary Help Jobs Improve Labor Market Outcomes for Low-Skilled Workers? Evidence from Random Assignments 
David H. Autor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Susan N. Houseman, W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research
2005 Temporary Agency Employment as a Way out of Poverty?
David H. Autor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Susan N. Houseman, W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research
2004 Temporary Help Employment and Disadvantaged Workers
Carolyn J. Heinrich, University of Wisconsin at Madison, Peter R. Mueser and Kenneth R. Troske, University of Missouri at Columbia
2004 Temporary Employment and Welfare-to-Work
Mary Corcoran and Juan Chen, University of Michigan
2004 Stepping-stones for the Unemployed: The Effect of Temporary Jobs on the Duration Until Regular Work
Marloes Zijl, Gerard J. van den Berg and Arjan Heyma, Institute for Labour Market Policy Evaluation
2003 Welfare to Temporary Work: Implications for Labor Market Outcomes
Carolyn J. Heinrich, University of Wisconsin at Madison, Peter R. Mueser and Kenneth R. Troske, University of Missouri at Columbia
2002 Pathways to Work for Low-Income Workers: The Effect of Work in the Temporary Help Industry
The Urban Institute
2002 The Role of Contingent Work in the War Against Poverty
Catalina Amuedo-Dorantes and Cynthia Bansak, San Diego State University