The Social Consequences of Temporary Employment and Unemployment in Europe

Research question/goal: 

Temporary employment has been propagated as an instrument of labour market flexibilization to reintegrate unemployed workers. While a large body of literature shows that temporary contracts are inferior to permanent ones, there are almost no studies investigating the social consequences of temporary employment in comparison to unemployment. Using longitudinal data, this project aims at (1) investigating the causal effects of unemployment on processes of social exclusion in a dynamic life course perspective. Specifically, labour market career consequences and the effects on economic marginalization are analysed. (2) It is tested whether temporary employment has the potential to (re-)integrate socially excluded unemployed persons in the short-run and the long-run. (3) Comparing results across various Western and Eastern European countries should identify how labour market institutions, welfare regimes and family regimes mediate the micro-level effects of unemployment and temporary employment.

Current stage: 

An application for external funding was submitted but rejected. The application has been revised and it is currently being prepared for a new submission. In the meantime, first results of this very promising project have been published in 4 SSCI-listed journal articles, 1 discussion paper and they were presented at 17 national and international conferences.

Fact sheet

2011 to 2014
Data Sources: 
EULFS, EU-SILC and national household panel surveys (e.g. SOEP, BHPS/Understanding Societies, SHP)
Geographic Space: 
Western and Eastern Europe