The Unintended Consequences of Flexicurity: The Health Consequences of Flexible Employment

Keith A. Bender (Corresponding Author), Ioannis Theodossiou

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Abstract

While atypical employment contracts offer flexibility in the labour market, these kinds of contracts are inherently insecure and may generate stress among affected workers. This study examines the impact of atypical forms of employment (specifically seasonal or temporary jobs or a fixed time contracts) on workers’ health. Survival analysis shows that, other things equal, the longer percent of time spent in flexible employment contracts increases the odds of falling into ill health for a variety of health conditions. The results are robust to controlling for the endogeneity in the relationship.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)777-799
Number of pages23
JournalReview of Income and Wealth
Volume64
Issue number4
Early online date5 Jun 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2018

Keywords

  • health
  • flexible contracts
  • atypical employment
  • flexicurity

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