The Unintended Consequences of Flexicurity: The Health Consequences of Flexible Employment

23 Pages Posted: 16 Nov 2018

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Keith A. Bender

University of Aberdeen - Business School

Ioannis Theodossiou

University of Aberdeen - Business School

Date Written: December 2018

Abstract

While atypical employment contracts offer flexibility in the labor market, these kinds of contracts are inherently insecure and may generate stress among affected workers. This study examines the impact of atypical forms of employment (specifically seasonal or temporary jobs or a fixed time contracts) on workers' health. Survival analysis shows that, other things equal, the longer percent of time spent in flexible employment contracts increases the odds of falling into ill health for a variety of health conditions. The results are robust to controlling for the endogeneity in the relationship.

Keywords: health, flexible contracts, atypical employment, flexicurity

Suggested Citation

Bender, Keith A. and Theodossiou, Ioannis, The Unintended Consequences of Flexicurity: The Health Consequences of Flexible Employment (December 2018). Review of Income and Wealth, Vol. 64, Issue 4, pp. 777-799, 2018. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3285390 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/roiw.12316

Keith A. Bender (Contact Author)

University of Aberdeen - Business School ( email )

Edward Wright Building
Dunbar Street
Aberdeen, Scotland AB24 3QY
United Kingdom

Ioannis Theodossiou

University of Aberdeen - Business School ( email )

Edward Wright Building
Dunbar Street
Aberdeen, Scotland AB24 3QY
United Kingdom

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