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Productivity in German manufacturing firms: Does fixed-term employment matter?

  • Sebastian Nielen

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    (Schumpeter School of Business and Economics University of Wuppertal)

  • Alexander Schiersch

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    (German Institute for Economic Research)

A growing proportion of employees are working under fixed-term contracts. This paper empirically analyzes whether this strategy actually improves firm productivity. To this end, a large dataset of German manufacturing firms and various panel data models are used in order to reveal the expected non-linear effect. Thereby the analysis also takes into account distortions that may result from selection into the use of fixed-term employment. The results of the investigation show that there is no significant effect of fixed-term employment on labor productivity when controlling for the selection effect.

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Date of creation: Mar 2012
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Handle: RePEc:bwu:schdps:sdp12004
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