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Earnings Instability and Tenure

  • Lorenzo Cappellari


    (DISCE, Università Cattolica)

  • Marco Leonardi


    (Dipartimento di Studi del Lavoro, Università di Milano)

This paper develops a tractable empirical approach to estimate the effect of on-the-job tenure on the permanent and transitory variance of earnings. The model is also used to evaluate the earnings instability associated with fixed-term contract (short-tenure contracts) in Italy. Our results indicate that each year of tenure on the job reduces earnings instability on average by 15%. Workers on a fixed-term contract on average have an earnings instability 10% higher than workers on a permanent contract. Workers who spend their entire working life on fixed-term contracts can expect an earnings instability twice as high.

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