Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/125270
Authors: 
Eichhorst, Werner
Year of Publication: 
2014
Citation: 
[Journal:] IZA World of Labor [ISSN:] 2054-9571 [Year:] 2014 [Issue:] 45
Abstract: 
Fixed-term contracts have become a major form of employment in Europe. Available evidence about whether temporary jobs are a stepping stone to a permanent employment or are a dead end is mixed. The usefulness of these jobs depends on the institutional and economic environment. Fixed-term contracts can be a pathway from unemployment to employment, but their potential as a stepping stone to permanent employment is undercut if there is a strong degree of segmentation in labor markets. If that is the case, the labor flexibility motive of employers ends up dominating the screening function in offering a fixed-term contract.
Subjects: 
fixed-term contracts
segmentation
employment
flexibility
employee screening
dual labor market
JEL: 
J60
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Document Type: 
Article

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