Examining Flexible Labour in Europe the First Three Waves of the ECHP

ISER Working Paper No. 2000-29

26 Pages Posted: 19 Jan 2012

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Kimberly Fisher

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

Didier Fouarge

Maastricht University

Ruud Muffels

Tilburg University

Virjay Verma

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: October 1, 2000

Abstract

This paper uses the European Community Household Panel study (ECHP) to profile labour market experiences in the European Union. Cross-sectional snapshots of labour markets miss out on part of the range of transitions between employment and non-employment. Panel data allows a more accurate assessment of the degree to which experience of unemployment and household work poverty are shared or concentrated among sections of national populations. Indeed, we find that the proportion of months which individuals and which all working age adult members of households spent in unemployment accounts for some variations in labour market experiences. This paper demonstrates the value of focusing on transitions between employment and non-employment (as opposed to tracking transitions in and out of unemployment) when examining the impact of the flexible labour market on earnings and poverty. We also examine the consistency of individual employment histories, and propose strategies for dealing with inconsistencies in information offered by respondents.

Suggested Citation

Fisher, Kimberly and Fouarge, Didier and Muffels, Ruud and Verma, Virjay, Examining Flexible Labour in Europe the First Three Waves of the ECHP (October 1, 2000). ISER Working Paper No. 2000-29, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1988253 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1988253

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