Temporary Work in Turbulent Times: The Swedish Experience

25 Pages Posted: 15 Dec 2002

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Bertil Holmlund

Uppsala University - Department of Economics; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Donald Storrie

Göteborg University - Department of Economics

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Abstract

The paper presents the Swedish institutional setting, documents basic stylised facts about fixed-term contracts, and discusses the causes of their increased prevalence. Open-ended and temporary employment exhibit strikingly different cyclical behaviour with temporary employment being more volatile. A recession is associated with an initial decline in temporary employment followed by a sharp rise from the trough to the end of the recession. We argue that the severe recession of the 1990s is a major factor behind the rise in temporary work in Sweden. Adverse macroeconomic conditions make firms more prone to offer fixed-term contracts and workers more willing to accept them.

Suggested Citation

Holmlund, Bertil and Storrie, Donald, Temporary Work in Turbulent Times: The Swedish Experience. Economic Journal, Vol. 112, pp. F245-F269, 2002. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=316902

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