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The Characteristics of Casual and Fixed-Term Employment: Evidence from the HILDA Survey

  • Mark Wooden

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    (Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, The University of Melbourne)

  • Diana Warren

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    (Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, The University of Melbourne)

It is widely assumed that non-standard employment arrangements, and especially casual employment, involve employment conditions that are inferior to more traditional employment arrangements. This paper uses data from the first wave of the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Survey to examine this issue. Specifically, data on job satisfaction are used to proxy job quality. These data suggest that workers do not necessarily see non-standard employment as undesirable. First, workers on fixed-term contracts are found to be much more satisfied with their jobs than other workers. Second, the lower levels of job satisfaction among casual employees are restricted to those working full-time, and even then the size of the effect is only marked among men.

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Paper provided by Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, The University of Melbourne in its series Melbourne Institute Working Paper Series with number wp2003n15.

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Length: 38 pages
Date of creation: May 2003
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Handle: RePEc:iae:iaewps:wp2003n15
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