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Agency Work in Russia: To Be or Not to Be?

Problems of Economic Transition. 2014. Vol. 57. No. 2. P. 56-79.

Using data collected from Russian companies, the author examines their use of employment agencies (agency workers) during 2008–11. During this period, the number of companies using such agencies rose, despite a decline in the proportion of employees hired through them. The study established that small companies taxed under a simplified system are more likely to use an employment agency. Probit models were used to analyze companies’ decisions to hire through agencies, taking into account the role of sector, financial position, the business’s technical complexity and investment in its own development, and personnel training.