Temporary Help Work: Multiple Job-Holding and Compensating Differentials
Heinrich, Carolyn J.
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The authors use a compilation of administrative data to examine hourly wages, total hours of work, and quarterly earnings to investigate whether temporary help service (THS) jobs pay a compensating differential (or wage premium) relative to traditional jobs. They find lower quarterly earnings at THS jobs relative to non-THS jobs and a wage premium of $1 per hour for THS work that they suggest is largely explained by the much shorter duration of THS jobs.