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Job Security Legislation and Job Duration: Evidence from the United Kingdom

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  • Ioana Marinescu

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Even in countries with high average job security, workers with low tenure typically enjoy very limited job protection. This study analyzes the impact of such a feature on job duration. It uses a 1999 British reform that increased job security for workers with 1-2 years of tenure. The firing hazard for these workers decreased by 26% relative to the hazard for workers with 2-4 years of tenure. The firing hazard for workers with 0-1 year of tenure also decreased by 19%, which is consistent with better recruitment practices and hence improved match quality. (c) 2009 by The University of Chicago.

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Article provided by University of Chicago Press in its journal Journal of Labor Economics.

Volume (Year): 27 (2009)
Issue (Month): 3 (07)
Pages: 465-486

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Handle: RePEc:ucp:jlabec:v:27:y:2009:i:3:p:465-486

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Cited by:
  1. Bassanini, Andrea & Garnero, Andrea, 2013. "Dismissal protection and worker flows in OECD countries: Evidence from cross-country/cross-industry data," Labour Economics, Elsevier, vol. 21(C), pages 25-41.
  2. Lawrence M. Kahn, 2012. "Labor market policy: A comparative view on the costs and benefits of labor market flexibility," Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 31(1), pages 94-110, December.
  3. Alexander C. Lembcke, 2014. "The Impact of Mandatory Entitlement to Paid Leave on Employment in the UK," CEP Discussion Papers dp1262, Centre for Economic Performance, LSE.

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