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Do Temporary Help Jobs Improve Labor Market Outcomes for Low-Skilled Workers? Evidence from 'Work First'

David H. Autor, Susan Houseman

NBER Working Paper No. 11743
Issued in November 2005

---- Acknowledgements -----

This research was supported by the Russell Sage Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation. We are particularly grateful to Joshua Angrist, Orley Ashenfelter, Tim Bartik, Mary Corcoran, John Earle, Randy Eberts, Jon Gruber, Brian Jacob, Lawrence Katz, Alan Krueger, Andrea Ichino, Pedro Martins, Justin McCrary, Albert Saiz and seminar participants at MIT, the NBER Summer Institute, the Upjohn Institute, the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, the Center for Economic Policy Research, the Bank of Portugal, and the Schumpeter Institute of Humboldt University for valuable suggestions. We are indebted to Lillian Vesic-Petrovic for superb research assistance and to Lauren Fahey, Erica Pavao, and Anne Schwartz for expert assistance with data. Autor acknowledges generous support from the Sloan Foundation, the National Science Foundation (CAREER award SES-0239538), and the MIT Ferry Family Fund. The views expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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