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Human capital accumulation in temporary jobs: specific or general?

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  • Fabio Berton
  • Francesco Devicienti
  • Lia Pacelli

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Theoretical considerations suggest that workers holding temporary contracts should accumulate more general human capital than workers under permanent contracts. Using matched employer-employee data, we find empirical support for this hypothesis, by showing that dismissed temporary workers are more likely to change economic sector than workers losing their open-ended jobs.

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  • Fabio Berton & Francesco Devicienti & Lia Pacelli, 2014. "Human capital accumulation in temporary jobs: specific or general?," LABORatorio R. Revelli Working Papers Series 138, LABORatorio R. Revelli, Centre for Employment Studies.
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