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Why do recent graduates enter into flexible jobs?

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  • Bertrand-Cloodt, D.A.M.

    (Research Centre for Educ and Labour Mark)

  • Cörvers, F.

    (Research Centre for Educ and Labour Mark)

  • Kriechel, B.

    (Research Centre for Educ and Labour Mark)

  • van Thor, J.A.F.

    (Research Centre for Educ and Labour Mark)

Abstract

The share of flexible jobs on the Dutch labour market is among the highest in Westerncountries, in particular for recent graduates. In this study we examine why recentgraduates enter into temporary contracts and whether flexible jobs match theirqualifications worse than permanent jobs do. Graduates that enter into flexible jobsface large wage penalties, a worse job match and less training participation than thoseentering into permanent jobs, even after correcting for ability differences. When thelabour market situation for a particular field of education deteriorates, a larger shareof recent graduates is forced into flexible jobs, which may threaten their position onthe 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 thatflexible jobs may provide stepping stones to permanent jobs.
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  • Bertrand-Cloodt, D.A.M. & Cörvers, F. & Kriechel, B. & van Thor, J.A.F., 2011. "Why do recent graduates enter into flexible jobs?," ROA Research Memorandum 010, Maastricht University, Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market (ROA).
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    • J21 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Labor Force and Employment, Size, and Structure
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