Are fixed-term jobs bad for your health? : a comparison of West-Germany and Spain
Abstract"In this paper we analyse the health effects of fixed-term contract status for men and women in West-Germany and Spain using panel data. This paper asks whether changes in the employment relationship, as a result of the liberalisation of employment law, have altered the positive health effects associated with employment (Goldsmith et al. 1996; Jahoda 1982). Using information on switches between unemployment and employment by contract type we analyze whether transitions to different contracts have different health effects. We find that unemployed workers show positive health effects at job acquisition, and also find the positive effect to be smaller for workers who obtain a fixed-term job. We also establish surprising differences by gender and country, with women less likely to report positive health effects at job acquisition. For West-Germany, this was found to be a function of the dual-burden of paid and unpaid care within the home." (Author's abstract, IAB-Doku) ((en))
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Institut für Arbeitsmarkt- und Berufsforschung (IAB), Nürnberg [Institute for Employment Research, Nuremberg, Germany] in its series IAB Discussion Paper with number 200608.
Length: 36 pages
Date of creation: 11 May 2006
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Publication status: published in: European Societies, Vol. 9, No. 3 (2007), p. 429-458
befristeter Arbeitsvertrag - Auswirkungen; Gesundheitszustand - internationaler Vergleich; Arbeitnehmer; geschlechtsspezifische Faktoren; Arbeitslose; Sozioökonomisches Panel; Europäisches Haushaltspanel; psychische Faktoren; Unsicherheit; Westdeutschland; Spanien; Bundesrepublik Deutschland;
Find related papers by JEL classification:
- J41 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Particular Labor Markets - - - Labor Contracts
- J64 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, and Vacancies - - - Unemployment: Models, Duration, Incidence, and Job Search
- I10 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - General
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-ALL-2006-06-17 (All new papers)
- NEP-EEC-2006-06-17 (European Economics)
- NEP-HEA-2006-06-17 (Health Economics)
- NEP-LAB-2006-06-17 (Labour Economics)
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