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Studies of Labor Market Intermediation

David H. Autor


From the traditional craft hiring hall to the Web site Monster.com, 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. This book 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 unde ... More

Keywords: Labor Market Intermediaries, LMIs, labor market, research, globalization, technological change

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780226032887
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226032900.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David H. Autor, editor

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I Reducing Search Costs

1 Jobs Online

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

II Mitigating Adverse Selection

III Solving Collective Action Problems

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

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