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Why Do Recent Graduates Enter into Flexible Jobs?

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  • Daniëlle Bertrand-Cloodt
  • Frank Cörvers

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  • Ben Kriechel
  • Jesper Thor

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The share of flexible jobs on the Dutch labour market is among the highest in Westerncountries, in particular for recent graduates. In this study we examine why recentgraduates enter into temporary contracts and whether flexible jobs match theirqualifications worse than permanent jobs do. Graduates that enter into flexible jobsface large wage penalties, a worse job match and less training participation than thoseentering into permanent jobs, even after correcting for ability differences. When thelabour market situation for a particular field of education deteriorates, a larger shareof recent graduates is forced into flexible jobs, which may threaten their position onthe labour market in the long run. Flexible work among graduates is unrelated to theirwillingness to take risks. Only for university graduates are there any indications thatflexible jobs may provide stepping stones to permanent jobs.
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  • Daniëlle Bertrand-Cloodt & Frank Cörvers & Ben Kriechel & Jesper Thor, 2012. "Why Do Recent Graduates Enter into Flexible Jobs?," De Economist, Springer, vol. 160(2), pages 157-175, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:decono:v:160:y:2012:i:2:p:157-175
    DOI: 10.1007/s10645-011-9185-2
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    1. Holford, Angus, 2017. "Access to and returns from unpaid graduate internships," ISER Working Paper Series 2017-07, Institute for Social and Economic Research.

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    Keywords

    Flexible work; Job characteristics; Job mismatch; Temporary contracts; Recent graduates; Willingness to take risks; J21; J24; J41; M51;

    JEL classification:

    • J21 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Labor Force and Employment, Size, and Structure
    • 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
    • M51 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Personnel Economics - - - Firm Employment Decisions; Promotions

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