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Employment Contract Matching: An Analysis of Dual Earner Couples and Working Households

  • Sarah Brown


  • Lisa Farrell
  • John G Sessions

We explore the significance of intra-couple and intra -household influences on three broad types of employment contracts: self-employment, performance related pay, and salaried employment. Individuals may pool income risk with their partners by holding a diversified portfolio of employment contracts, introducing intra-household risk pooling. Alternatively, employment contract matching may occur whereby individuals within couples or households are employed under similar contracts. Our empirical analysis, based on cross-section data drawn from the British Family Expenditure Surveys 1996 to 2000, provides evidence of employment contract matching both within dual earner couples and, to a lesser extent, in the context of working household members.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, University of Leicester in its series Discussion Papers in Economics with number 01/9.

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Date of creation: Nov 2001
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Handle: RePEc:lec:leecon:01/9
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