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Author:Sullivan, Daniel G. 

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Manufacturing plants’ use of temporary workers: an analysis using census micro data

Using plant-level data from the Plant Capacity Utilization (PCU) Survey, we examine how a manufacturing plant?s use of temporary workers is associated with the nature of its output fluctuations. Our empirical evidence suggests that plants choose temps over perms when they expect output to fall, which allows them to avoid costs associated with laying off permanent employees. We also found that plants whose output levels are associated with greater levels of uncertainty use more temps. The effects of other variables are also tested in order to examine the validity of various views about why ...
Working Paper Series , Paper WP-06-24

Journal Article
Assessing the jobless recovery

This article reviews trends in employment growth during the recent recovery, including new evidence that much of the increase in self-employment since the beginning of the recession is likely a reflection of the weak labor market conditions of the last three years. The authors also offer thoughts on the strengths and weaknesses of several explanations for the disappointing employment growth of the last few years.
Economic Perspectives , Volume 28 , Issue Q II

Newsletter
Unemployment duration and labor market tightness

Chicago Fed Letter , Issue Mar

Journal Article
The temporary labor force

Economic Perspectives , Volume 19 , Issue Mar , Pages 2-19

Working Paper
The return from community college schooling for displaced workers

Working Paper Series, Macroeconomic Issues , Paper WP-97-16

Newsletter
Does the housing slump account for the slowdown in productivity growth?

The authors explore the entire construction sector, as well as the different classes of workers employed by it, to see how much it may be contributing to the recent slowdown in productivity growth.
Chicago Fed Letter , Issue Jan

Journal Article
Trends in homeownership: race, demographics, and income

The nation's homeownership rate recently reached an all-time high, with especially large gains among black households. This article quantifies the impact of underlying demographic and income trends on homeownership, concluding that while much of the increase in the aggregate homeownership rate can be attributed to faster growth in real incomes, the gains experienced by blacks may, in part, reflect a new regulatory environment.
Economic Perspectives , Volume 22 , Issue Q II , Pages 53-72

Working Paper
Earnings losses of displaced workers

Working Paper Series, Macroeconomic Issues , Paper 92-28

Journal Article
Long-term earnings losses of high-seniority displaced workers

Economic Perspectives , Volume 17 , Issue Nov , Pages 2-20

Journal Article
The decline in teen labor force participation

The authors examine the recent decline in teen work activity, offering explanations for both the long secular decline since the late 1970s and the recent acceleration in this decline since 2000. They argue that much of this pattern is due to a significant increase in the rewards to formal education. They also explore the importance of changes to labor demand, crowding out by substitutable workers, the increased work activity of mothers, and increases in wealth.
Economic Perspectives , Volume 30 , Issue Q I

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