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Well-being and psychological consequences of temporary contracts: the case of younger Italian employees

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  • Vincenzo Carrieri

    (Dipartimento di Scienze Economiche e Statistiche, Università degli Studi di Salerno, Italy)

  • Cinzia Di Novi

    (Dipartimento di EconomiaUniversità Ca' Foscari, Venezia, Italy)

  • Rowena Jacobs

    (Centre for Health Economics, University of York, UK)

  • Silvana Robone

    (Centre for Health Economics, University of York, UK and Dipartimento di Scienze Economiche, Università di Bologna, Italy)

Abstract

Working conditions in Western countries have changed dramatically in the last twenty years, witnessing the emergence of new forms of employment contracts. The number of "standard" fulltime permanent jobs has decreased, while non-standard work arrangements such as temporary, contingent or part-time contracts have become much more common. This paper analyses the impact of temporary contracts and job insecurity on well-being among younger Italian employees. We use the "Health Conditions and Use of the Health Service Survey" carried out by the Italian National Institute of Statistics in conjunction with the Bank of Italy's Survey on Households Income and Wealth (SHIW). We consider four dimensions of individual well-being: physical health, mental health, self-assessed health and happiness. To account for individual heterogeneity we match each temporary worker with a permanent worker using propensity score matching. Well-being of matched individuals is compared to estimates of the average effect of working with a temporary as opposed to a permanent contract. Our analysis reveals a negative relationship between psychological well-being, happiness and having a temporary job and is particularly marked for males.

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Paper provided by Centre for Health Economics, University of York in its series Working Papers with number 079cherp.

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Length: 33 pages
Date of creation: Jul 2012
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Keywords: health; happiness; psychological well-being; young employees; fixed-term contracts;

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  1. Minelli, Liliana & Pigini, Claudia & Chiavarini, Manuela & Bartolucci, Francesco, 2014. "Employment status and perceived health condition: longitudinal data from Italy," MPRA Paper 55788, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  2. Chris Dawson & Michail Veliziotis, 2013. "Temporary employment, job satisfaction and subjective well-being," Working Papers 20131309, Department of Accounting, Economics and Finance, Bristol Business School, University of the West of England, Bristol.
  3. Elenka Brenna & Cinzia Di Novi, 2013. "Is caring for elderly parents detrimental to women’s mental health? The influence of the European North-South gradient," DISCE - Working Papers del Dipartimento di Economia e Finanza def4, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Dipartimenti e Istituti di Scienze Economiche (DISCE).

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