Flexible Contract Workers in Inferior Jobs: Reappraising the Evidence

Lancaster University Management School Working Paper No. 2008/03

38 Pages Posted: 8 Apr 2008

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Colin P. Green

Department of Economics

Parvinder Kler

University of Queensland - School of Economics

Gareth Leeves

University of Queensland - School of Economics

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Date Written: April 4, 2008

Abstract

There has been concern that the increase in non-standard or flexible employment contracts witnessed in many OECD economies is evidence of a growth in low-pay, low-quality jobs. In practice, however, it is difficult to evaluate the 'quality' of flexible jobs. Previous research has either investigated objective measures of job quality such as wages and training or subjective measures such as job satisfaction. In this paper, we seek to jointly evaluate objective and subjective elements of flexible employment contracts. Specifically we develop and use an index of job quality that incorporates both subjective and objective elements. Analysis of this index demonstrates that flexible jobs are of a lower quality. However, this approach suggests that analysis of, for instance, job satisfaction alone overstates the negative impact of flexible contracts on workers.

Keywords: Flexible Contracts, Job Satisfaction

JEL Classification: J28, J41

Suggested Citation

Green, Colin P. and Kler, Parvinder and Leeves, Gareth, Flexible Contract Workers in Inferior Jobs: Reappraising the Evidence (April 4, 2008). Lancaster University Management School Working Paper No. 2008/03, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1117424 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1117424

Colin P. Green (Contact Author)

Department of Economics ( email )

Høgskoleringen
Trondheim NO-7491, 7491
Norway

Parvinder Kler

University of Queensland - School of Economics ( email )

Brisbane, QLD 4072
Australia

Gareth Leeves

University of Queensland - School of Economics ( email )

Brisbane, QLD 4072
Australia

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