Worker Representation and Temporary Employment in Germany: The Deployment and Extent of Fixed-Term Contracts and Temporary Agency Work
John Addison (),
Paulino Teixeira (),
Philipp Grunau () and
Lutz Bellmann ()
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Philipp Grunau: Institut für Arbeitsmarkt- und Berufsforschung
Lutz Bellmann: Institute for Employment Research (IAB), Nuremberg
No 11378, IZA Discussion Papers from Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)
This study examines the potential impact of works councils and unions on the deployment of fixed-term contracts and agency temps. We report inter al. that works councils are associated with a higher number of temporary agency workers when demand volatility is high while the opposite holds for fixed-term contracts. These disparities likely reflect differences in function, with agency work being more directed toward the protection of a shrinking core and fixed-term contacts being as much a port of entry as a buffer stock. We are also able to identify the number of new hires with a fixed-term contract as well as the number of FTC conversions (into regular employment) and renewals, the correlates of which flows are broadly consistent with the stock data.
Keywords: agency temps; fixed-term contracts; stepping stones; buffer stocks; labor market duality; extensive/intensive margins; works councils; unions; collective bargaining; demand volatility; complementarity; Germany (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J21 J23 J41 J J51 J63 K31 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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