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Levelling the Playing Field: The Effects of Slovenia's 2013 Labour Market Reform

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  • Vodopivec, Matija

    () (University of Primorska)

  • Laporsek, Suzana

    () (University of Primorska)

  • Vodopivec, Milan

    () (University of Primorska)

Abstract

We examine the effects of a 2013 labour market reform in Slovenia which made permanent contracts less restrictive and fixed-term contracts more restrictive. Using matched employer-employee database covering the entirety of Slovenia's labour market participants, we compare the difference in outcomes for workers employed under permanent vs. fixed-term contracts before and after the legislative change. We find that the reform achieved both its stated goals of reducing labour market segmentation and improving access to jobs for vulnerable groups: (i) it increased the probability of accessing permanent jobs via transitions from both fixed-term jobs and unemployment, and (ii) it improved the accessibility of permanent jobs for both young and old workers.

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  • Vodopivec, Matija & Laporsek, Suzana & Vodopivec, Milan, 2016. "Levelling the Playing Field: The Effects of Slovenia's 2013 Labour Market Reform," IZA Discussion Papers 9783, Institute of Labor Economics (IZA).
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    Keywords

    employment protection legislation; labor market dynamics; labor market segmentation;
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    JEL classification:

    • J62 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Job, Occupational and Intergenerational Mobility; Promotion
    • J63 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Turnover; Vacancies; Layoffs
    • J68 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Public Policy

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