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Subjective Employment Insecurity Around the World

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  • Francis Green

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I considerthe concept of employment insecurity and provide new evidence for 1997 and 2005 for many countries with widely differing institutional contexts and at varying stages of development. There are no grounds for accepting that workplaces were going through a sea-change in employment insecurity. Workers in transitional economies and developing economies worried the most about insecurity. Perceived insecurity tended to be greater for women, for less-educated and for older workers. However, these patterns vary across country groups, in ways that are only sometimes explicable in terms of their known institutional characteristics. In general, subjective employment insecurity tracks the unemployment rate.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, University of Kent in its series Studies in Economics with number 0810.

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Date of creation: Nov 2008
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Handle: RePEc:ukc:ukcedp:0810

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Keywords: precarious work; job insecurity; gender; job quality; unemployment;

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  1. Pierre Cahuc & Yann Algan, 2004. "Job protection: the Macho Hypothesis?," Sciences Po publications 1192, Sciences Po.
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  1. Andy Dickerson & Francis Green, 2009. "Fears and realisations of employment insecurity," Working Papers 2009016, The University of Sheffield, Department of Economics, revised Nov 2009.
  2. Green, Francis, 2011. "Unpacking the misery multiplier: How employability modifies the impacts of unemployment and job insecurity on life satisfaction and mental health," Journal of Health Economics, Elsevier, vol. 30(2), pages 265-276, March.

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