Is a temporary job better than unemployment? A cross-country comparison based on British, German, and Swiss Panel Data

Gebel, Michael

Document Type: Article
Year of publication: 2013
The title of a journal, publication series: Schmollers Jahrbuch
Volume: 133
Issue number: 2
Page range: 143-156
Place of publication: Berlin
Publishing house: Duncker & Humblot
ISSN: 1439-121X
Publication language: English
Institution: Außerfakultäre Einrichtungen > Mannheim Centre for European Social Research - Research Department A
Subject: 300 Social sciences, sociology, anthropology
Abstract: While many previous studies on temporary work have found disadvantages for temporary workers compared to workers with a permanent contract, this study makes the comparison to the alternative of unemployment. Applying a dynamic propensity-score matching approach based on British, German, and Swiss panel data, it is shown that taking up a temporary job increases the employment chances during the subsequent five years in Germany and the United Kingdom. Moreover, the chances of having a permanent contract remain higher and a persistent wage premium can be found. In contrast, no long-run advantages can be found in the case of the flexible Swiss labour market.

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