Temporary Workers in Italy: Who are They and Where They End Up

40 Pages Posted: 29 Feb 2008

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Gianna Barbieri

Ministry of Education Italy

Paolo Sestito

Bank of Italy


Temporary work has been an important component of employment growth in Italy since the early 1990s. This paper focus upon labor market transitions of temporary workers in order to test whether temporary work enhances the subsequent labor market chances. We use propensity score matching to compare subsequent employment outcomes of people who have recently acquired a temporary job with those of people who remained unemployed. Individuals' heterogeneity explains a good amount of the raw differences in the subsequent labor market status of temporary workers and the comparison group. Yet there appears to be a sizable net gain from experiencing a temporary work. Our benchmark average estimate is a 30 percentage points rise in the satisfactory employment chances 1 year after the start of the temporary work experience. The net gains are the largest for females and adult people and the areas with low unemployment' moreover, gains are the largest for the most recent years in our sample and for those people who were (according to the propensity score estimates) either least or most likely to exit from unemployment.

Suggested Citation

Barbieri, Gianna and Sestito, Paolo, Temporary Workers in Italy: Who are They and Where They End Up. LABOUR, Vol. 22, Issue 1, pp. 127-166, March 2008, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1100271 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9914.2007.00402.x

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Bank of Italy ( email )

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