Health Effects of Temporary Jobs in Europe

Ruhr Economic Papers No. 295

23 Pages Posted: 8 Dec 2011

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Sandra Schaffner

RWI - Leibniz Institute for Economic Research

Christoph Richard Ehlert

Rhine-Westphalia Institute for Economic Research (RWI-Essen)

Date Written: November 1, 2011

Abstract

Over the last two decades, temporary employment has gained importance in the European Union. The implications of this development for the health of the workforce are not yet established. Using a unique individual-level data set for 27 European countries, this paper evaluates whether temporary employment is interrelated with self-assessed health. We find pronounced differences in self-assessed health by employment status across European countries. Furthermore, in the EU full-time permanent employed workers report the best health, followed by temporary and part-time employed workers. These differences largely vanish, when taking into account the potential endogeneity between employment status and self-assessed health. However, repeated temporary contracts have a significant negative impact on health.

Keywords: temporary employment, fixed-term contracts, self-assessed health

JEL Classification: J62

Suggested Citation

Schaffner, Sandra and Ehlert, Christoph Richard, Health Effects of Temporary Jobs in Europe (November 1, 2011). Ruhr Economic Papers No. 295. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1969770 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1969770

Sandra Schaffner (Contact Author)

RWI - Leibniz Institute for Economic Research ( email )

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Germany

HOME PAGE: http://www.rwi-essen.de/schaffner

Christoph Richard Ehlert

Rhine-Westphalia Institute for Economic Research (RWI-Essen) ( email )

Hohenzollernstr. 1-3
Essen, 45128
Germany

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