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Temporary employment in advanced economies: drawing lessons from Spain

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dc.contributor.author Polavieja, Javier G.
dc.contributor.other Universitat Pompeu Fabra. Departament de Ciències Polítiques i Socials
dc.date.accessioned 2012-07-11T01:51:08Z
dc.date.available 2012-07-11T01:51:08Z
dc.date.issued 2005-06
dc.identifier http://hdl.handle.net/2072/2043
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10230/261
dc.description.abstract This study analyses the determinants of the rate of temporary employment in various OECD countries using both macro-level data drawn from the OECD and EUROSTAT databases, as well as micro-level data drawn from the 8th wave of the European Household Panel. Comparative analysis is set out to test different explanations originally formulated for the Spanish case. The evidence suggests that the overall distribution of temporary employment in advanced economies does not seem to be explicable by the characteristics of national productive structures. This evidence seems at odds with previous interpretations based on segmentation theories. As an alternative explanation, two types of supply-side factors are tested: crowding-out effects and educational gaps in the workforce. The former seems non significant, whilst the effects of the latter disappear after controlling for the levels of institutional protection in standard employment during the 1980s. Multivariate analysis shows that only this latter institutional variable, together with the degree of coordinated centralisation of the collective bargaining system, seem to have a significant impact on the distribution of temporary employment in the countries examined. On the basis of this observation, an explanation of the very high levels of temporary employment observed in Spain is proposed. This explanation is consistent with both country-specific and comparative evidence.
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dc.language.iso eng
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dc.rights DemoSoc working papers; 08
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.5/es/
dc.subject.other Treball temporal
dc.subject.other Treball, Mercat de
dc.subject.other Desregulació
dc.subject.other Espanya
dc.title Temporary employment in advanced economies: drawing lessons from Spain
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/workingPaper
dc.date.modified 2012-07-10T07:27:34Z


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