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Quantity over quality? A European comparison of the changing nature of transitions between non-employment and employment

Werner Eichhorst, Regina Konle-Seidl, Alison Koslowski and Paul Marx

in Regulating the Risk of Unemployment

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780199592296
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191731471 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199592296.003.0014
Quantity over quality? A European comparison of the changing nature of transitions between non-employment and employment

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The chapter explores empirical evidence for the claim that the non‐employed in post‐industrial labour markets are more likely to make the transition into employment than has previously been the case. It concludes that whilst the unemployed and the inactive remain distinct groups with regards to transitions into employment, post‐industrial labour markets have indeed become more inclusive. Only a few countries saw decreased odds of transition over time for the unemployed, controlling for macroeconomic conditions. The picture for the inactive is more mixed cross‐nationally. Regarding the question whether an increasingly inclusive labour market is associated with a reduction in job quality, as measured by contract type, the study finds that there is a trend towards more precarious employment for the recently non-employed in some countries such as the Czech Republic, France, Italy, and Belgium. In Denmark, Spain, the United Kingdom, and Hungary, however, there was the opposite trend towards more permanent employment.

Keywords: employment transitions; temporary contracts; permanent employment; inactive; unemployed

Chapter.  6555 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Political Economy

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