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A multidimensional employment quality index for Brazil, 2002–11

Federico Huneeus (), Oscar Landerretche, Esteban Puentes () and Javiera Selman

International Labour Review, 2015, vol. 154, issue 2, 195-226

Abstract: In countries where informal, insecure jobs are widespread, traditional labour market indicators – such as the unemployment rate, labour force participation rate and wages – are not necessarily the most meaningful. The authors use a multidimensional employment quality index to analyse the Brazilian labour market over the period 2002–11, across three dimensions: earnings, formality (measured by the existence of an employment contract and social security contributions) and job tenure. The results show a significant increase in employment quality overall, especially in the years 2009–11, but with considerable differences between wage employees and self-employed workers, and between industries.

Date: 2015
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