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Is job insecurity on the rise? Evidence from Canadian perception data

Pierre Brochu () and Lu Zhou

Canadian Journal of Economics, 2009, vol. 42, issue 4, 1305-1325

Abstract: This paper examines the unexplored issue of worker insecurity perception in Canada. Specifically, we explore for changes in worker perceptions of job security using Canadian Gallup data for the 1977-2006 period. We find that the high levels of perceived insecurity of the early to mid-1990s were only cyclical in nature, not evidence of structural change. We also explore for differences across socio-economic groups and find that university educated workers, full-time workers, and white-collar workers all felt relatively more secure about present and future job prospects. Interestingly, union members tend to be more concerned about job security (than non-union).

JEL-codes: J62 J63 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2009
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