Workers' Perceptions of Job Insecurity: Do Job Security Guarantees Work?

20 Pages Posted: 27 Apr 2009

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Alex Bryson

UCL; National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR)

Lorenzo Cappellari

Catholic University of the Sacred Heart of Milan; University of Essex - Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER); Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

Claudio Lucifora

Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore di Milano ; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Abstract

We investigate the effect of employer job security guarantees on employee perceptions of job insecurity. Using linked employer–employee data from the 1998 British Workplace Employee Relations Survey, we find job security guarantees reduce employee perceptions of job insecurity. This finding is robust to endogenous selection of job security guarantees by employers engaging in organizational change and workforce reductions. Furthermore, there is no evidence that increased job security through job guarantees results in greater work intensification, stress, or lower job satisfaction.

Suggested Citation

Bryson, Alex and Cappellari, Lorenzo and Lucifora, Claudio, Workers' Perceptions of Job Insecurity: Do Job Security Guarantees Work?. LABOUR, Vol. 23, Issue s1, pp. 177-196, March 2009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1395083 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9914.2008.00433.x

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Lorenzo Cappellari

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University of Essex - Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER)

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Claudio Lucifora

Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore di Milano ( email )

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