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Partial De-Regulation: Fixed-Term Contracts in Italy and Spain

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  • P Adam
  • P Canziani
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    To combat unemployment, in the 1980s most European countries began to de-regulate labour markets. In 1984, atypical contracts were introduced in Italy and Spain. Although the Italian and Spanish economies are widely comparable, and the labour market reforms introduced in the mid-1980s appear similar, the consequences of these reforms have been very different. The unprecedented growth of temporary contracts in the last ten years in Spain has given rise to an extensive theoretical and empirical literature. In Italy, however, the utilisation of atypical contracts has remained limited and much less investigated. This paper has two goals. First it analyses the characteristics of fixed-term contracts in Italy and Spain. Then it investigates the causes that made the Italian and Spanish experience with these contracts so different.

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    Paper provided by Centre for Economic Performance, LSE in its series CEP Discussion Papers with number dp0386.

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    Date of creation: Mar 1998
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    Handle: RePEc:cep:cepdps:dp0386

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    Cited by:
    1. Luca Nunziata & Stefano Staffolani, 2001. "On Short-Term Contracts Regulations," Economics Series Working Papers 2001-W07, University of Oxford, Department of Economics.
    2. Olivier Blanchard & Augustin Landier, 2001. "The Perverse Effects of Partial Labor Market Reform: Fixed Duration Contracts in France," NBER Working Papers 8219, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    3. O Blanchard & A Landier, 2002. "The Perverse Effects of Partial Labour Market Reform: fixed--Term Contracts in France," Economic Journal, Royal Economic Society, vol. 112(480), pages F214-F244, June.
    4. Sergio Destefanis & Raquel Fonseca, 2006. "Labour-Market Reforms and the Beveridge Curve. Some Macro Evidence for Italy," CSEF Working Papers 168, Centre for Studies in Economics and Finance (CSEF), University of Naples, Italy.

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