Health Effects of Temporary Jobs in Europe
Ruhr Economic Papers No. 295
23 Pages Posted: 8 Dec 2011
Date Written: November 1, 2011
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
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