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Flexibility at the margin and labour market volatility: The case of Spain

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  • Héctor Sala

    (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)

  • José I. Silva

    (Universitat Jaume I de Castelló)

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The Spanish labour market is a prominent case of segmentation with flexibility at the margin (e.g., just a􀀞ecting fixed-term employees). Flexibility at the margin produces a gap in separation costs between temporary and permanent workers which causes fixed-term contracts to be the main workforce adjustment device. It also leads to a productivity gap, due to high turnover and lack of on-the-job training of temporary employees. To explain the high volatility of the Spanish labour market we develop a matching model with temporary and permanent employees where these gaps play a central role. This model is calibrated and simulated to match the stylised facts and assess the cyclical implications of the 1984 and 1997 labour market reforms.

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  • Héctor Sala & José I. Silva, 2009. "Flexibility at the margin and labour market volatility: The case of Spain," Investigaciones Economicas, Fundación SEPI, vol. 33(2), pages 145-178, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:iec:inveco:v:33:y:2009:i:2:p:145-178
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    Keywords

    flexibility at the margin; labour market volatility; firing costs; labour productivity; matching.;

    JEL classification:

    • J23 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Labor Demand
    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
    • J41 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Particular Labor Markets - - - Labor Contracts
    • J63 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Turnover; Vacancies; Layoffs

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