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Temporary Work In Turbulent Times: The Swedish Experience

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  • Bertil Holmlund

    (Uppsala University)

  • Donald Storrie

    (Göteborg University)

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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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  • Bertil Holmlund & Donald Storrie, 2002. "Temporary Work In Turbulent Times: The Swedish Experience," Economic Journal, Royal Economic Society, vol. 112(480), pages 245-269, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:ecj:econjl:v:112:y:2002:i:480:p:f245-f269
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    • E32 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Business Fluctuations; Cycles
    • J64 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Unemployment: Models, Duration, Incidence, and Job Search

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