Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/51835
Authors: 
Aparicio Fenoll, Ainhoa
Year of Publication: 
2011
Series/Report no.: 
Discussion paper series // Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit 5669
Abstract: 
This paper assesses the impact of product market competition on job instability as proxied by the use of fixed-term labor contracts. Using both worker data from the Spanish Labor Force Survey and firm data from the Spanish Business Strategies Survey, I show that job instability rises with competition. In particular, a one standard deviation increase in competition in an economic sector decreases the probability that a fixed-term worker gets an open-ended contract within that sector in a given year by more than 30%. The effect is identified by means of exogenous shifts in competition brought about by changes in legislation.
Subjects: 
product market competition
fixed-term employment
labor contract
JEL: 
J24
M51
C41
C33
C35
J6
L1
Persistent Identifier of the first edition: 
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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