DP15420 Gig-jobs: stepping stones or dead ends?

Author(s): Adrian Adermon, Lena Hensvik
Publication Date: November 2020
Keyword(s): correspondence study, discrimination, Gig-jobs
JEL(s): J23, J71
Programme Areas: Labour Economics
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How useful is work experience from the gig economy for labor market entrants searching for traditional wage jobs? We conducted a correspondence study in Sweden, comparing callback rates for recent high school graduates with (i) gig-experience, (ii) traditional experience, and (iii) unemployment history. We also study heterogeneous responses with respect to perceived foreign background. Our findings suggest that gig-experience is more valuable than unemployment, but less useful than traditional experience for majority applicants. Strikingly however, no form of labor market experience increases the callback rate for minority workers.