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Atypical Contracts and Labour Demand: Evidence from Firm-Level Italian Data


  • Silvia Duranti

    () (University of Florence)


The paper provides an analysis of the firm-level determinants of atypical employment in Italy. Using a logit model, some evidence is found that the probability of stipulating atypical contracts is greater for large, northern Italian firms, investing in ICT and characterized by strong union presence. Subsequently, the estimation of a labour demand equation for a panel of Italian firms, shows that atypical labour demand is less persistent and more sensitive to shock than standard labour demand. The inclusion of a variable on internal flexibility tools shows that they are complementary to the use of open-ended contracts and substitutes for atypical ones.

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  • Silvia Duranti, 2009. "Atypical Contracts and Labour Demand: Evidence from Firm-Level Italian Data," Rivista di Politica Economica, SIPI Spa, vol. 99(4), pages 117-151, OCTOBER-D.
  • Handle: RePEc:rpo:ripoec:v:99:y:2009:i:4:p:117-151

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    1. Barbara Annichiarico & Fabio Di Dio & Francesco Felici, 2016. "IGEM II: a New Variant of the Italian General Equilibrium Model," Working Papers 4, Department of the Treasury, Ministry of the Economy and of Finance.

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    labour demand; atypical contracts; panel data;

    JEL classification:

    • C23 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Models with Panel Data; Spatio-temporal Models
    • J23 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Labor Demand
    • J42 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Particular Labor Markets - - - Monopsony; Segmented Labor Markets
    • K31 - Law and Economics - - Other Substantive Areas of Law - - - Labor Law


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