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Labour as a buffer: do temporary workers suffer?

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  • Booth, Alison L.
  • Francesconi, Marco
  • Frank, Jeff

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In this paper we investigate whether or not there is an equal opportunities dimension to regulating equal pay and conditions for temporary work. We develop a ‘buffer stock’ model of temporary work that suggests a number of reasons why ethnic minorities and women may be more likely to be on fixed-term contracts than comparable white males. Using three different British datasets (a random representative survey of households and two data sets of specific labour market groups), we then estimate the degree to which women and/or ethnic minorities are more likely to be on temporary contracts and estimate any associated wage differentials.

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Paper provided by Institute for Social and Economic Research in its series ISER Working Paper Series with number 2002-29.

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Handle: RePEc:ese:iserwp:2002-29

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  1. Juan J Dolado & Carlos Garcia--Serrano & Juan F. Jimeno, 2002. "Drawing Lessons From The Boom Of Temporary Jobs In Spain," Economic Journal, Royal Economic Society, Royal Economic Society, vol. 112(721), pages F270-F295, June.
  2. Jeff Frank, 2004. "Gay Glass Ceilings," Royal Holloway, University of London: Discussion Papers in Economics, Department of Economics, Royal Holloway University of London 04/20, Department of Economics, Royal Holloway University of London, revised Aug 2004.
  3. David Blackaby & Alison L Booth & Jeff Frank, 2005. "Outside Offers And The Gender Pay Gap: Empirical Evidence From the UK Academic Labour Market," Economic Journal, Royal Economic Society, Royal Economic Society, vol. 115(501), pages F81-F107, 02.
  4. Booth, Alison L. & Francesconi, Marco & Frank, Jeff, 2003. "A sticky floors model of promotion, pay, and gender," European Economic Review, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 47(2), pages 295-322, April.
  5. Alison L Booth & Juan J. Dolado & Jeff Frank, 2002. "Symposium On Temporary Work Introduction," Economic Journal, Royal Economic Society, Royal Economic Society, vol. 112(480), pages F181-F188, June.
  6. Alison L. Booth & Marco Francesconi & Jeff Frank, 2002. "Temporary Jobs: Stepping Stones Or Dead Ends?," Economic Journal, Royal Economic Society, Royal Economic Society, vol. 112(480), pages F189-F213, June.
  7. Blackaby, David & Frank, Jeff, 2000. "Ethnic and Other Minority Representation in UK Academic Economics," Economic Journal, Royal Economic Society, Royal Economic Society, vol. 110(464), pages F293-311, June.
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  1. Boockmann, Bernhard & Hagen, Tobias, 2005. "Fixed-term Contracts as Sorting Mechanisms: Evidence From Job Durations in West Germany," ZEW Discussion Papers, ZEW - Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung / Center for European Economic Research 05-85, ZEW - Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung / Center for European Economic Research.
  2. Bosio, Giulio, 2009. "Temporary employment and wage gap with permanent jobs: evidence from quantile regression," MPRA Paper 16055, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  3. Hagedorn, Marcus & Kaul, Ashok, 2002. "Langzeitarbeitslosigkeit in Deutschland: Fakten, Ursachen und Bekämpfung," IZA Discussion Papers 680, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  4. Fernando Munoz-Bullon, 2008. "Who downsizes for longer? A longitudinal analysis," Business Economics Working Papers, Universidad Carlos III, Departamento de Economía de la Empresa wb082805, Universidad Carlos III, Departamento de Economía de la Empresa.
  5. Engellandt, Axel & Riphahn, Regina, 2004. "Temporary Contracts and Employee Effort," CEPR Discussion Papers, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers 4178, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
  6. Hagen, Tobias, 2003. "Do Fixed-Term Contracts Increase the Long-Term Employment Opportunities of the Unemployed?," ZEW Discussion Papers, ZEW - Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung / Center for European Economic Research 03-49, ZEW - Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung / Center for European Economic Research.
  7. Baumann, Florian & Mechtel, Mario & Stähler, Nikolai, 2008. "Employment protection and temporary work agencies," Discussion Paper Series 1: Economic Studies, Deutsche Bundesbank, Research Centre 2008,26, Deutsche Bundesbank, Research Centre.
  8. Heineck, Guido & Schwarze, Johannes, 2004. "Fly Me to the Moon: The Determinants of Secondary Jobholding in Germany and the UK," IZA Discussion Papers 1358, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
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  10. Tatiana KARABCHUK, 2011. "Temporary employment in Russia: why mostly men?," Scientific Bulletin - Economic Sciences, University of Pitesti, University of Pitesti, vol. 10(1), pages 42-60.
  11. Christoph Ehlert & Sandra Schaffner, 2011. "Health Effects of Temporary Jobs in Europe," Ruhr Economic Papers, Rheinisch-Westfälisches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Universität Dortmund, Universität Duisburg-Essen 0295, Rheinisch-Westfälisches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Universität Dortmund, Universität Duisburg-Essen.
  12. Catalina Amuedo-Dorantes & Miguel Á. Malo, 2007. "How Are Fixed-term Contracts Used by Firms? An Analysis Using Gross Job and Worker Flows," Working Papers, San Diego State University, Department of Economics 0026, San Diego State University, Department of Economics.
  13. D'Addio, Anna Cristina & Rosholm, Michael, 2005. "Exits from temporary jobs in Europe: A competing risks analysis," Labour Economics, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 12(4), pages 449-468, August.

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