Is Temporary Employment a Stepping Stone for Unemployed School Leavers?
AbstractMany school-leavers enter the labour market via temporary employment. In this paper we investigate the impact of a temporary employment spell at the start of the career on the transition rate into permanent employment. We compare the case of temporary employment to the hypothetical case of a direct transition from unemployment to permanent employment. In order to control for selective participation in temporary employment we include a large set of explanatory variables which have been especially collected to study school-leavers. We apply the AIC-information criterion to select the appropriate specification for unobserved heterogeneity. Based on the information criteria we conclude that given our data, there is no support for a model with selection in unobserved characteristics. Simulation exercises provide insights into the development of the effect of temporary employment over time. For a sample of unemployed Flemish school-leavers we find that in the short run temporary employment delays the school leaver's transition to permanent employment. However, in the long run temporary employment acts as a stepping stone and decreases the duration until permanent employment. --
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temporary employment; school leavers; labour market policy;
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- C. Göbel & E. Verhofstadt, 2008. "Is temporary employment a stepping stone for unemployed school leavers?," Working Papers of Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Ghent University, Belgium 08/542, Ghent University, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration.
- J41 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Particular Labor Markets - - - Labor Contracts
- J08 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - General - - - Labor Economics Policies
- J64 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Unemployment: Models, Duration, Incidence, and Job Search
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