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In: Non-Standard Employment and Quality of Work. The Case of Italy


  • Tindara Addabbo,

    (Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia)

  • Giovanni Solinas

    (Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia)


This chapter introduces the essays in the volume starting with analysing the situation of the Italian labour market in terms of the diffusion of non standard work. Together with an analysis of its diffusion the essay discusses the characteristics of workers who are more likely to be in non standard employment outlining the particularly weak situation of youth and women in the Italian labour market. The essay takes also into account the deterioration of non-standard work condition in the crisis and how this has taken place in Italy to a deep extent than in other European countries. The costs of being in a non standard position and the quality of the jobs that can be considered as non standard are analysed with reference to the literature and the essays in the volume. The impact of non standard work on firm's competitiveness is also outlined. The orientation towards wage moderation and the joint flexibilisation of the labour market that took place in Italy in the long term poses issues of sustainability and the risk of tying down the economy to a spiral of low growth. Reducing the dualism and the long-term effects of temporary labour on the working and living conditions of women and young people, insofar as they are more likely to be excluded from the current system of social safety nets because they are more likely to be affected by non-standard working conditions or spells of inactivity, means taking action in a number of directions.

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  • Tindara Addabbo, & Giovanni Solinas, 2012. "Introduction," AIEL Series in Labour Economics,in: Tindara Addabbo & Giovanni Solinas (ed.), Non-Standard Employment and Quality of Work. The Case of Italy, edition 1, chapter 1, pages 1-21 AIEL - Associazione Italiana Economisti del Lavoro.
  • Handle: RePEc:ail:chapts:06-01

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    non standard work; labour market segmentation; firm's competitiveness; labour supply; temporary work; part-time; work-life balance; gender.;

    JEL classification:

    • J21 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Labor Force and Employment, Size, and Structure
    • J22 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Time Allocation and Labor Supply
    • L25 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Firm Performance
    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
    • J13 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Fertility; Family Planning; Child Care; Children; Youth
    • J16 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of Gender; Non-labor Discrimination
    • J42 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Particular Labor Markets - - - Monopsony; Segmented Labor Markets


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