Fixed-term employment contracts in Spain : labor market flexibility or segmentation?

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dc.contributor.author Alba, Alfonso
dc.contributor.editor Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. Departamento de Economía
dc.date.accessioned 2008-08-20T08:30:10Z
dc.date.available 2008-08-20T08:30:10Z
dc.date.issued 1991-11
dc.identifier.issn 2340-5031
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10016/2816
dc.description.abstract In this article, we provide some insights into the labor market effects of fixed-term contracts in Spain. We use in our study the dual labor market theory and some tenets of efficiency wage models. First, we discuss various relevant implications of the introduction of fixed-term contracts for the Spanish labor market outcomes. Then, we undertake the empirical analysis. This has shown evidence of significant linkages between firms' use of fixed-term contracts and an increasing segmentation of the Spanish labor market. Specifically, firms seem to use the temporary employment relationship to screen workers, elicit greater efforts from them and optimize a core of employees. Our finding, that the use of fixed-term contracts is correlated with lower labor costs, indicates that a more efficient mechanism to recruit and allocate labor may be in place. To produce this outcome, wages need not be discriminated. The reason being that firms can assign heterogeneous workers to perform heterogeneous tasks. Moreover, primary sector jobs (permanent employment) are conveniently rationed by employers to facilitate labor adjustments and provide work incentives.
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartofseries Working Papers
dc.relation.ispartofseries 1991-29
dc.rights Atribución-NoComercial-SinDerivadas 3.0 España
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/es/
dc.subject.other Segmentation
dc.subject.other Dual labor market
dc.subject.other Fixed-term contracts
dc.subject.other Primary sector
dc.subject.other Secondary sector
dc.subject.other Efficiency wages
dc.subject.other Screening device
dc.title Fixed-term employment contracts in Spain : labor market flexibility or segmentation?
dc.type workingPaper
dc.subject.eciencia Economía
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