The Productivity Slowdown, Sectoral Reallocations and the Growth of Atypical Employment Arrangements

Elisabetta Magnani*

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Abstract

This paper explores the recent shifts in employment arrangements away from long-term employment contracts and internal labor markets towards outside contracting of labor in OECD countries. It examines the driving forces behind this phenomenon, focusing on the relationship with another important trend of the last few decades, namely the labor productivity slowdown. A comparison of U.S. and European institutional arrangements shows how very different labor markets have recently displayed similar patterns in the use of contracted out labor. This paper explains these similarities and reconciles them with very different patterns in hiring, firing, and quitting behavior observed in the two regions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)121-142
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Productivity Analysis
Volume20
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2003
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Alternative employment arrangements
  • Institutional factors
  • Mobility
  • Productivity
  • Technology

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