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Earnings Instability and Tenure

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  • Lorenzo Cappellari

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    (DISCE, Università Cattolica)

  • Marco Leonardi

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    (Dipartimento di Studi del Lavoro, Università di Milano)

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This paper develops a tractable empirical approach to estimate the effect of on-the-job tenure on the permanent and transitory variance of earnings. The model is also used to evaluate the earnings instability associated with fixed-term contract (short-tenure contracts) in Italy. Our results indicate that each year of tenure on the job reduces earnings instability on average by 15%. Workers on a fixed-term contract on average have an earnings instability 10% higher than workers on a permanent contract. Workers who spend their entire working life on fixed-term contracts can expect an earnings instability twice as high.

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Paper provided by Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Dipartimenti e Istituti di Scienze Economiche (DISCE) in its series DISCE - Quaderni dell'Istituto di Economia dell'Impresa e del Lavoro with number ieil0048.

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Date of creation: Mar 2007
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Handle: RePEc:ctc:serie4:ieil0048

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Keywords: earnings instability; earnings dynamics; tenure; temporary contracts; minimum distance estimation.;

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  3. María Cervini-Plá & Xavier Ramos, 2012. "Long-Term Earnings Inequality, Earnings Instability and Temporary Employment in Spain: 1993–2000," British Journal of Industrial Relations, London School of Economics, vol. 50(4), pages 714-736, December.

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