Labour market effects of fixed-term employment contracts : microeconometric analyses for West Germany

Arbeitsmarkteffekte befristeter Arbeitsverträge : mikroökonometrische Analysen für Westdeutschland

  • This study analyses the labour market effects of fixed-term contracts (FTCs) in West Germany by microeconometric methods using individual and establishment level data. In the first part of the study the role of FTCs in firms’ labour demand is analysed. An econometric investigation of the firms’ reasons for using FTCs focussing on the identification of the link between dismissal protection for permanent contract workers and the firms’ use of FTCs is presented. Furthermore, a descriptive analysis of the role of FTCs in worker and job flows at the firm level is provided. The second part of the study evaluates the short-run effects of being employed on an FTC on working conditions and wages using a large cross-sectional dataset of employees. The final part of the study analyses whether taking up an FTC increases the (permanent contract) employment opportunities in the long-run (stepping stone effect) and whether FTCs affect job finding behaviour of unemployed job searchers. Firstly, an econometric unemployment duration analysis distinguishing between both types of contracts as destination states is performed. Secondly, the effects of entering into FTCs from unemployment on future (permanent contract) employment opportunities are evaluated attempting to account for the sequential decision problem of job searchers.

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Author:Tobias Hagen
Referee:Roland EisenGND
Document Type:Doctoral Thesis
Date of Publication (online):2005/07/15
Year of first Publication:2004
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Granting Institution:Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität
Date of final exam:2005/06/15
Release Date:2005/07/15
dual labour market; fixed-term contract; microeconometrics; stepping stones
GND Keyword:Arbeitsmarktforschung; Arbeitsmarktpolitik; Arbeitsmarkt; Ökonometrie; Befristeter Arbeitsvertrag; Personenbezogene Daten; Kausalanalyse
Institutes:Wirtschaftswissenschaften / Wirtschaftswissenschaften
Dewey Decimal Classification:3 Sozialwissenschaften / 33 Wirtschaft / 330 Wirtschaft
Licence (German):License LogoDeutsches Urheberrecht