Quantitative effects of temporary employment contracts in Spain
17 Pages Posted: 18 Jul 2022
Date Written: February 2, 2022
The authors explore the quantitative effects of introducing temporary employment contracts of various lengths after first calibrating an equilibrium search model with undirected search and an out-of-the-labor-force state to pre-1984 Spain. They find that introducing temporary contracts of three years’ duration—the same magnitude as that allowed by Spain starting in 1984—provides about half as much labor market flexibility as moving to a laissez-faire regime, with zero firing costs to firms.
Keywords: temporary contracts, fixed-term contracts, firing costs, search, unemployment, Job, Occupational, and Intergenerational Mobility, Turnover, Vacancies, Layoffs, Unemployment: Models, Duration, Incidence, and Job Search, Unemployment Insurance, Severance Pay, Plant Closings, Public Policy
JEL Classification: J62, J63, J64, J65, J68
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