TITLE

Workers' Willingness to Accept Contingent Employment

AUTHOR(S)
Bernasek, Alexandra; Kinnear, Douglas
PUB. DATE
June 1999
SOURCE
Journal of Economic Issues (Association for Evolutionary Economi;Jun99, Vol. 33 Issue 2, p461
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The purpose of this paper is to explore the notion of workers' willingness to accept contingent employment. Contingent jobs are defined broadly as jobs that will not last indefinitely. Given the opposing views of these employment arrangements on one hand, it is argued that they benefit workers by giving them greater flexibility, and on the other hand, it is argued that they hurt workers by subjecting them to greater insecurity and provide fewer job benefits--it seems likely that contingent arrangements are beneficial for some workers but not for others. Much of the existing research on contingent labor provides descriptive statistics outlining the numbers and characteristics of workers in contingent arrangements. Research suggests that minorities, women, less educated and young workers are disproportionately represented in contingent jobs. The data used in this study are from the February 1995 Contingent Worker Supplement to the Current Population Survey (CPS). The CPS, a monthly survey of a representative sample of approximately 56000 U.S. households, is the source of official government statistics on employment. The Contingent Worker Supplement was included in an effort to estimate the number of U.S. workers in contingent jobs.
ACCESSION #
1906440

 

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