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Atypical work and unemployment protection in Europe

Jara Tamayo, Holguer and Tumino, Alberto (2021) 'Atypical work and unemployment protection in Europe.' Journal of Common Market Studies, 59 (3). pp. 535-555. ISSN 0021-9886

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This paper evaluates the degree of income protection the tax-benefit system provides to atypical workers in the event of unemployment. Our approach relies on simulating transitions from employment to unemployment for the entire workforce in EU member states to compare household financial circumstances before and after the transition. Our results show that coverage rates of unemployment insurance are low among atypical workers, who are also more exposed to the risk of poverty, both while in work and in unemployment. Low work intensity employees are characterized by high net replacement rates. However, this is due to the major role played by market incomes of other household members. Finally, we show that in countries where self-employed workers are not eligible for unemployment insurance benefits, extending the eligibility to this group of workers would increase their replacement rates and make them less likely to fall into poverty in the event of unemployment.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: income protection; atypical work; microsimulation
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Institute for Social and Economic Research
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 19 May 2020 10:09
Last Modified: 14 Feb 2022 10:35

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