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Short notice, big difference? The effect of temporary employment on firm competitiveness across sectors

Romina Giuliano, Stephan Kampelmann (), Benoit Mahy and Francois Rycx ()

No 17-008, Working Papers CEB from ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles

Abstract: This paper is one of the first to examine how the use of fixed-term employment contracts (FTCs) affects firm competitiveness (i.e. productivity, wages and profits) while controlling for key econometric issues such as time-invariant unobserved workplace characteristics, endogeneity and state dependence. We apply dynamic panel data estimation techniques to detailed Belgian linked employer-employee data covering all years from 1999 to 2010. Results show that the effects of FTCs on firm competitiveness vary across sectors: while temporary employment is found to enhance productivity and profits in (labour-intensive) services, this is not the case in manufacturing and construction.

Keywords: Fixed-term contracts; productivity; wages; profits; linked panel data; sectors (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D24 J24 J31 M12 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 36 p.
Date: 2017-02-23
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