Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/92991
Authors: 
Späth, Jochen
Year of Publication: 
2013
Series/Report no.: 
IAW-Diskussionspapiere 98
Abstract: 
This paper addresses the issue if and to what extent young firms differ from incumbents regarding the use of non-standard employment, trust-based working time arrangements and overtime hours in the light of the qualitative changes of employment structures that are taking place in industrialized countries, such as rising shares of non-standard employment and borders between work and private life that become increasingly blurred. Based on a microeconometric analysis of the IAB Establishment Panel, a representative survey of about 16,000 employers in Germany, we find that young establishments rely significantly more often on limited contracts and freelance work than incumbent businesses in order to hedge the higher risks and uncertainties of young firms. Likewise, trust-based working time arrangements and overtime hours are more an issue in young than in incumbent firms, indicating a higher level of subjectivated work in young firms. Additionally, we provide basic evidence that these differences are not purely transitory but on the contrary rather stable as the firms grow older, which makes young firms contribute a substantial part to the ongoing qualitative changes of employment structures.
Subjects: 
start-ups
trust-based working hours
overtime
team work
job quality
non-standard employment
JEL: 
L26
J23
D22
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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