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Unstable jobs and time out of work: evidence from the UK

Avram, Silvia (2022) 'Unstable jobs and time out of work: evidence from the UK.' Socio-Economic Review. ISSN 1475-1461

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Abstract

This article tests the hypothesis that unstable jobs with variable hours or pay enhance the job-finding chances of the working-age non-employed in the UK, by using a combination of the UK Household Longitudinal Study and the Labour Force Survey data and a discrete time model. We find no evidence on the share of unstable jobs in the non-employed person’s local labour market impacts on the probability to move into employment. This result holds both for men and women and for groups with low employability such as the low educated and the long-term unemployed. It is robust to alternative ways of defining unstable jobs and to the inclusion of unobserved heterogeneity. Overall, findings cast doubt on the importance of unstable jobs for employment creation in the UK.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: labour market flexibility; low-wage employment; economic insecurity; unemployment duration; discrete time models
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Institute for Social and Economic Research
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 21 Jun 2022 14:15
Last Modified: 18 Aug 2022 10:49
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/33046

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