Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

Umeå Economic Studies,
Umeå University, Department of Economics

No 887: Employment Effects of the EU Temporary and Agency Workers Directive in Sweden

Morgan Westéus ()
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Morgan Westéus: Department of Economics, Umeå School of Business and Economics, Postal: Umeå University, S 901 87 Umeå, Sweden

Abstract: This paper analyses possible effects on total employment, and the distribution between agency work and regular contracts as a consequence of the Swedish implementation of the EU Temporary and Agency Workers Directive in a dual labour market Mortensen-Pissarides search model. The directive states that the basic working and employment conditions for agency workers should be equal to those for a comparable employee at the client firm, and that all parties should actively facilitate the transition from agency employment to employment directly at the client firm. Even though the results suggest a negative net effect on total employment, the implementation is shown to have a positive impact on overall welfare, and that an increased transition probability from the agency sector into regular employment would contribute even more.

Keywords: Labour law; EU directive implementation; temporary agency work; unemployment

JEL-codes: E24; J21; J42; J48; J64; K31

23 pages, First version: June 11, 2014. Revised: October 23, 2014.

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