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A New Multidimensional Approach to Measuring Precarious Employment

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  • Carmelo García-Pérez

    (University of Alcalá)

  • Mercedes Prieto-Alaiz

    (University of Valladolid)

  • Hipólito Simón

    (University of Alicante-IEI-IEB)

Abstract

This article proposes a new methodology to measure precarious employment with a multidimensional approach. The adjusted multidimensional precariousness rate employed to measure job precariousness is calculated on a counting approach and exhibit several advantages, including its decomposability according to the relative contribution to total precariousness of different dimensions and sub-populations. For illustrative purposes, the methodology is applied to the Spanish case using microdata from the Encuesta de Estructura Salarial (Wage Structure Survey) and considering three precariousness dimensions of jobs (low wages, fixed-term contracts and part-time work). The evidence obtained shows that at the beginning of the economic crisis there was an increase in the incidence and intensity of precariousness for new jobs created in the Spanish economy. Moreover, obtained evidence shows that the incidence of precarious employment is particularly high in certain economic sectors and for females.

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  • Carmelo García-Pérez & Mercedes Prieto-Alaiz & Hipólito Simón, 2017. "A New Multidimensional Approach to Measuring Precarious Employment," Social Indicators Research: An International and Interdisciplinary Journal for Quality-of-Life Measurement, Springer, vol. 134(2), pages 437-454, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:soinre:v:134:y:2017:i:2:d:10.1007_s11205-016-1447-6
    DOI: 10.1007/s11205-016-1447-6
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    Keywords

    Precarious employment; Labour market; Counting approach;
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    JEL classification:

    • J20 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - General
    • J21 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Labor Force and Employment, Size, and Structure
    • J28 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Safety; Job Satisfaction; Related Public Policy
    • J80 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor Standards - - - General

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