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Temporary Jobs in Ireland: Does Class Influence Job Quality?


  • Richard Layte

    (The Economic and Social Research Institute, Dublin)

  • Philip O'Connell

    (The Economic and Social Research Institute, Dublin)

  • Helen Russell

    (The Economic and Social Research Institute, Dublin)


Fixed term and casual employment have become increasingly common in OECD countries in the last decade. Research suggests that non-permanent contracts are associated with lower job quality. This paper examines differentials in three indicators of job quality in Ireland: hourly wage, probability of training and level of autonomy. The paper also examines four hypotheses on job quality derived from transaction cost and insider-outsider theories which suggest an important interaction between social class position, non-permanent employment and job quality. Results show that fixed term and casual contracts are associated with lower earnings, less training and lower autonomy.

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  • Richard Layte & Philip O'Connell & Helen Russell, 2008. "Temporary Jobs in Ireland: Does Class Influence Job Quality?," The Economic and Social Review, Economic and Social Studies, vol. 39(2), pages 81-104.
  • Handle: RePEc:eso:journl:v:39:y:2008:i:2:p:81-104

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    1. Watson, Dorothy & Russell, Helen & O'Connell, Philip J., 2011. "The Changing Workplace," Papers RB2011/1/3, Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI).
    2. Alison L. Booth & Marco Francesconi & Jeff Frank, 2002. "Temporary Jobs: Stepping Stones Or Dead Ends?," Economic Journal, Royal Economic Society, vol. 112(480), pages 189-213, June.
    3. Salop, Steven C, 1979. "A Model of the Natural Rate of Unemployment," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 69(1), pages 117-125, March.
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    1. Russell, Helen & Maitre, Bertrand & Watson, Dorothy, 2015. "Trends and Patterns in Occupational Health and Safety in Ireland," Research Series, Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI), number RS40.

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