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Why do recent graduates enter into flexible jobs?

  • Bertrand-Cloodt Daniëlle
  • Cörvers Frank
  • Kriechel Ben
  • Thor Jesper van

    (METEOR)

The share of flexible jobs on the Dutch labour market is among the highest in Western countries,in particular for recent graduates. In this study we examine why recent graduates enter intotemporary contracts and whether flexible jobs match their qualifications worse than permanent jobsdo. Graduates that enter into flexible jobs face large wage penalties, a worse job match and lesstraining participation than those entering into permanent jobs, even after correcting for abilitydifferences. When the labour market situation for a particular field of education deteriorates, alarger share of recent graduates is forced into flexible jobs, which may threaten their positionon the labour market in the long run. Flexible work among graduates is unrelated to theirwillingness to take risks. Only for university graduates are there any indications that flexiblejobs may provide stepping stones to permanent jobs.

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Paper provided by Maastricht University, Maastricht Research School of Economics of Technology and Organization (METEOR) in its series Research Memorandum with number 046.

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Handle: RePEc:unm:umamet:2011046
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