Temporary Work In Turbulent Times: The Swedish Experience
The paper presents the Swedish institutional setting, documents basic stylised facts about fixed--term contracts, and discusses the causes of their increased prevalence. Open--ended and temporary employment exhibit strikingly different cyclical behaviour with temporary employment being more volatile. A recession is associated with an initial decline in temporary employment followed by a sharp rise from the trough to the end of the recession. We argue that the severe recession of the 1990s is a major factor behind the rise in temporary work in Sweden. Adverse macroeconomic conditions make firms more prone to offer fixed-term contracts and workers more willing to accept them. Copyright 2002 Royal Economic Society
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Volume (Year): 112 (2002)
Issue (Month): 480 (June)
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