Adjustments in the Use of Temporary Agency before and during the 2008/2009 Economic Crisis
The use of temporary agency work in Germany strongly increased between 2002 and the economic crisis of 2008 and 2009. This increase was characterised by an intensified use in medium and large manufacturing plants and was concentrated within user firms, i.e. the intensive margin was dominant. These phenomena can be explained with reduced transaction costs and strong international competition and they indicate increased productivity amongst user firms. The sharp decline in the use of temporary agency work during the economic crisis was concentrated among exporters and large manufacturing plants and mostly driven by the extensive margin. Employment opportunities in the temporary work sector were in particular sensitive to changes in the international demand for goods of the German manufacturing sector.