Work Safety in the Context of Temporary Employment: The Spanish Experience

Posted: 8 Jan 2002

See all articles by Catalina Amuedo-Dorantes

Catalina Amuedo-Dorantes

San Diego State University - Department of Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Abstract

A rise in work injuries in Spain that has coincided with increased employment flexibility has fired debate among unions, employers, and policy-makers. This paper examines the relationships among temporary work, working conditions, and the likelihood of work accidents and illnesses. An analysis of employee-level and establishment-level data from a 1997 survey conducted by the Spanish Department of Labor suggests that, consistent with a claim made by unions, the single most important determinant of the likelihood of work-related injury and illness is working conditions, not education or tenure. As a result, although temporary workers exhibit higher work injury and illness rates than permanent workers, they exhibit a lower likelihood of work injury and illness than permanent workers once the analysis controls for a given set of working conditions.

Keywords: Work safety, Work Injuries, Work Illnesses, Working Conditions, Temporary Employment, Spain

JEL Classification: J0

Suggested Citation

Amuedo-Dorantes, Catalina, Work Safety in the Context of Temporary Employment: The Spanish Experience. Industrial and Labor Relations Review, January 2002. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=287293

Catalina Amuedo-Dorantes (Contact Author)

San Diego State University - Department of Economics ( email )

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