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The Quality of Temporary Work

Gianna Barbieri and Paolo Sestito
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Gianna Barbieri: Servizio Statistico MIUR

Chapter 5 in Non-Standard Employment and Quality of Work. The Case of Italy, 2012, pp 79-103 from AIEL - Associazione Italiana Economisti del Lavoro

Abstract: This paper deals with the counting of temporary employment in Italy, the determinants of being a temp and the ‘quality’ of temporary employment with regards to the 2004-2006 period by using Labour Force Survey data. Although limited, this period is also important because of the further steps in ‘flexibilisation’ of the Italian labour market associated with the hotly debated Biagi Law. A temporary status is more frequent among youths, students, and people still in the school-to-work transition period. In the 2004-2006 period, there was a further rise in the incidence of temporary work, which mostly occurred across the board. The temporary status appears positively associated with the search for job alternatives, and this may be a reliable indication of the lower quality of temporary jobs. However, the association between temporary status and the search for alternatives (controlling for a wide array of compositional and contextual effects possibly affecting job search activities), has weakened over time. Neither does it appear that being employed on a temporary contract is negatively associated (again controlling for a host of covariates) with training activities.

Keywords: temporary work; quality of work; training. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J24 J31 J28 J81 J22 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2012
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