Our study aims to shed light on three different aspects of this problem fixed term contracts in Spanish labour market. Firstly, we aim to determine which factors influence employers' predisposition towards these types of contract. Using a qualitative research methodology based on in-depth interviews and applying our proposed model in stages, we reach different conclusions. Worth noting amongst these is the role labour contracts play via cost reductions as a means to adapt to more global and competitive markets. Secondly, we explore if the Spanish Social Security Administration's Continuous Sample of Working Histories (Muestra Continua de Vidas Laborales, MCVL) database is an alternative and appropriate source of information with which to study the issue at hand. Using descriptive techniques, we conclude that temporary employment rates calculated using MCVL data are systematically higher though as equally valid as those based on data from the Active Labour Force Study (Encuesta de Población Activa, EPA). We also use the Logit model to replicate classic multivariate studies on the cause of this temporary employment and conclude that the MCVL database is also a good or even better source of information than the EPA and the other databases typically used. Another important conclusion is that the decrease in multivariate models' explanatory capability over the years is dueto the fact that temporary employment is not limited to a single segment of workers (outsiders); rather, it has spread to every strata of the labour force,leading to the multi-segmentation of Spain's labour market. Lastly, we propose a new methodology to study temporary employment: an analysis of different segments. We feel this system better adapts to the reality of the problem as well as the structure of the data gathered in the MCVL database. We present an example application of this methodology, using it to study a segment we call "super­ temporary workers." We further conclude that MCVL offers a wealth of complexly-structured information which can serve as the starting point for future studies attempting to better define this "culture of temporality" and, consequently, provide useful information to be able to design appropriate policies.

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Laborda Coronil, Anna

La temporalidad en el mercado laboral español: nuevas aportaciones a la compresión del fenómeno

05/2013
Our study aims to shed light on three different aspects of this problem fixed term contracts in Spanish labour market. Firstly, we aim to determine which factors influence employers' predisposition towards these types of contract. Using a qualitative research methodology based on in-depth interviews and applying our proposed model in stages, we reach different conclusions. Worth noting amongst these is the role labour contracts play via cost reductions as a means to adapt to more global and competitive markets. Secondly, we explore if the Spanish Social Security Administration's Continuous Sample of Working Histories (Muestra Continua de Vidas Laborales, MCVL) database is an alternative and appropriate source of information with which to study the issue at hand. Using descriptive techniques, we conclude that temporary employment rates calculated using MCVL data are systematically higher though as equally valid as those based on data from the Active Labour Force Study (Encuesta de Población Activa, EPA). We also use the Logit model to replicate classic multivariate studies on the cause of this temporary employment and conclude that the MCVL database is also a good or even better source of information than the EPA and the other databases typically used. Another important conclusion is that the decrease in multivariate models' explanatory capability over the years is dueto the fact that temporary employment is not limited to a single segment of workers (outsiders); rather, it has spread to every strata of the labour force,leading to the multi-segmentation of Spain's labour market. Lastly, we propose a new methodology to study temporary employment: an analysis of different segments. We feel this system better adapts to the reality of the problem as well as the structure of the data gathered in the MCVL database. We present an example application of this methodology, using it to study a segment we call "super­ temporary workers." We further conclude that MCVL offers a wealth of complexly-structured information which can serve as the starting point for future studies attempting to better define this "culture of temporality" and, consequently, provide useful information to be able to design appropriate policies.
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La temporalidad en el mercado laboral español: nuevas aportaciones a la compresión del fenómeno
Laborda Coronil, Anna
Universitat Ramon Llull (URL). ESADE

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