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Flexibility, Dual Labour Markets, and Temporary Employment. Empirical Evidence from German Establishment Data

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  • Christian Pfeifer

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    (Institut fr empirische Wirtschaftsforschung, Universit„t Hannover)

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The study examines, what forms and instruments firms use to react flexibly to demand-induced output fluctuations, and, if they are used in a complementary or substitutable way. Empirical evidence shows a rather complementary relationship. Moreover, the determinants of temporary employment (fixed-term contracts and temporary agency work) and the impact of these flexible employment forms on job security and job stability of regular employment are analyzed. One result is that positive developments of sales covary with a higher probability and more wide-spread use of temporary employment, which concurs with dual labour market theory. But estimations for job security and job stability indicate that temporary employment does not lower the number of layoffs and quits as is proposed by the core-periphery hypothesis.

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Article provided by Rainer Hampp Verlag in its journal Management Revue - The international Review of Management Studies.

Volume (Year): 16 (2005)
Issue (Month): 3 ()
Pages: 404-422

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Handle: RePEc:rai:mamere:1861-9908_mrev_2005_03_pfeifer

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Keywords: Flexibility; Dual Labour Markets; Fixed-term Contracts; Temporary Agency Work;

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Cited by:
  1. Michael Beckmann & Dieter Kuhn, 2010. "Complementarities between Workplace Organisation and Human Resource Management:," Working papers 2010/03, Faculty of Business and Economics - University of Basel.
  2. Larisa Smirnykh & Andreas Wörgötter, 2013. "Why do Russian Firms Use Fixed-Term and Agency Work Contracts?," OECD Economics Department Working Papers 1014, OECD Publishing.
  3. Jochen Späth, 2013. "Non-standard Employment, Working Time Arrangements, Establishment Entry and Exit," IAW Discussion Papers 98, Institut für Angewandte Wirtschaftsforschung (IAW).
  4. Fernando Munoz-Bullon, 2008. "Who downsizes for longer? A longitudinal analysis," Business Economics Working Papers wb082805, Universidad Carlos III, Departamento de Economía de la Empresa.

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