Lecture Information:


The Impact of a Temporary Help Job
An analysis of outcomes for participants in three government programs

Berlin Lunchtime Meeting

SPEAKER: Peter R. Mueser, University of Missouri

CHAIR: Georg Meran, Vice-President DIW Berlin 


Date: 26 April 2005


Several government programs in the US are aimed at helping individuals facing difficulties finding or holding jobs. In recent years, programs have increasingly directed individuals to short term jobs, and temporary help jobs have become an important employment source. Such policies are controversial since such mediated employment frequently offers less job stability, fewer fringe benefits and, for many low-skilled workers, substantially lower wages than traditional jobs; yet it has also been argued that this kind of employment may provide a path to permanent and stable employment for some workers. The study summarized here examines the extent to which employment in temporary help jobs is associated with individual labor market success. Data are for individuals who have sought employment assistance or cash support through three state-federal programs in the state of Missouri.


Peter R. Mueser is an Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Missouri, where he has taught since 1985. His research focuses on poverty, welfare, job training programs and migration.