Temporary Help Service Workers: Employment Characteristics and Wage Determination

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This paper studies temporary help service (THS) workers, a growing component of the secondary labor market. It analyzes two samples of workers in the same four clerical occupations‐bookkeepers, typists, key‐punch operators, and clerks. The two samples‐one for workers employed via a large THS firm in Israel, the other for full‐time, non‐THS workers drawn from the 1983 Israeli Census‐are compared for demographic and human capital characteristics, wage levels, and wage regressions. The results lead us to conclude that viewing THS workers as a homogeneous group of “secondary” workers is not warranted.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)272-287
Number of pages16
JournalIndustrial Relations
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1993


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