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Temporary Jobs: Stepping Stones or Dead Ends?

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  • Booth, Alison L.

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    (Australian National University)

  • Francesconi, Marco

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    (University of Essex)

  • Frank, Jeff

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    (University of London)

Abstract

In Britain about 7% of male employees and 10% of female employees are in temporary jobs. In contrast to much of continental Europe, this proportion has been relatively stable over the 1990s. Using data from the British Household Panel Survey, we find that temporary workers report lower levels of job satisfaction, receive less work-related training, and are less well-paid than their counterparts in permanent employment. However, there is evidence that fixed-term contracts are a stepping stone to permanent work. Women (but not men) who start in fixed-term employment and move to permanent jobs fully catch up to those who start in permanent jobs.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 205.

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Length: 42 pages
Date of creation: Oct 2000
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Publication status: published in: Economic Journal, 2002, 112 (480), F585-606
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Keywords: Temporary jobs; fixed term contracts; individual unobserved heterogeneity; job-specific effects;

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