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Studies of Labor Market Intermediation

From the traditional craft hiring hall to the Web site, a multitude of institutions exist to facilitate the matching of workers with firms. The diversity of such Labor Market Intermediaries (LMIs) encompasses criminal records providers, public employment offices, labor unions, temporary help agencies, and centralized medical residency matches. Studies of Labor Market Intermediation analyzes how these third-party actors intercede where workers and firms meet, thereby aiding, impeding, and, in some cases, exploiting the matching process.

By building a conceptual foundation for analyzing the roles that these understudied economic actors serve in the labor market, this volume develops both a qualitative and quantitative sense of their significance to market operation and worker welfare. Cross-national in scope, Studies of Labor Market Intermediation is distinctive in coalescing research on a set of market institutions that are typically treated as isolated entities, thus setting a research agenda for analyzing the changing shape of employment in an era of rapid globalization and technological change.

456 pages | 1 halftone, 27 line drawings, 123 tables | 6 x 9 | © 2009

National Bureau of Economic Research Conference Report

Economics and Business: Business--Industry and Labor

Table of Contents

David H. Autor

I. Reducing Search Costs

1. Jobs Online

Alice O. Nakamura, Kathryn L. Shaw, Richard B. Freeman, Emi Nakamura, and Amanda Pyman

2. The Internet and Job Search

Betsey Stevenson

II. Mitigating Adverse Selection

3. Effect of Employer Access to Criminal History Data on the Labor Market Outcomes of Ex-Offenders and Non-Offenders

Keith Finlay

4. Do On-Line Labor Market Intermediaries Matter? The Impact of AlmaLaurea on the University-to-Work Transition

Manuel F. Bagues and Mauro Sylos Labini

5. Private Deception and the Rise of Public Employment Offices in the United States, 1890-1930

Woong Lee

6. Mortgage Broker Regulations That Matter: Analyzing Earnings, Employment, and Outcomes for Consumers

Morris M. Kleiner and Richard M. Todd

III. Solving Collective Action Problems

7. The Effects of a Centralized Clearinghouse on Job Placement, Wages, and Hiring Practices

Muriel Niederle and Alvin E. Roth

8. Helping Workers Online and Offline:Innovations in Union and Worker Organization Using the Internet

Richard B. Freeman and M. Marit Rehavi

IV. Solving Information Problems: The Special Case of Temporary Help Agencies

9. Temporary Help Services Employment in Portugal, 1995-2000

René Böheim and Ana Rute Cardoso

10. Does Temporary Help Work Provide a Stepping Stone to Regular Employment?

Michael Kvasnicka

11. Temporary Help Agencies and the Advancement Prospects of Low Earners

Fredrik Andersson, Harry J. Holzer, and Julia Lane

12. The Role of Temporary Help Employment in Low-wage Worker Advancement

Carolyn J. Heinrich, Peter R. Mueser and Kenneth R. Troske

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