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Uncertain Lives. Insights into the Role of Job Precariousness in Union Formation

Daniele Vignoli (), Valentina Tocchioni () and Silvana Salvini ()
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Silvana Salvini: Dipartimento di Statistica, Informatica, Applicazioni "G. Parenti", Università di Firenze, https://www.disia.unifi.it

No 2015_02, Econometrics Working Papers Archive from Universita' degli Studi di Firenze, Dipartimento di Statistica, Informatica, Applicazioni "G. Parenti"

Abstract: The diffusion of temporary job contracts in contemporary European societies has raised concern that these jobs, even while deemed useful for combating unemployment, may also constitute a source of insecurity and precariousness for young workers. Little is known about their possible social and demographic consequences, especially as regards family formation. We focused on this knowledge-gap by examining how job precariousness affects union formation practices in Italy. We studied both genders and combined the empirical evidence from both qualitative and quantitative research. Based on the qualitative evidence, we advanced the hypothesis that cohabitation can be linked to the growing labor market uncertainty while marriage can be linked to stability. The subsequent quantitative analysis provided strong support for this hypothesis in the general population.

Keywords: job precariousness; temporary contracts; family formation; cohabitation; marriage; Italy (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 32 pages
Date: 2015-04
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