Do Temporary Workers Receive Risk Premiums? Assessing the Wage Effects of Fixed-Term Contracts in West Germany by a Matching Estimator Compared with Parametric Approaches

39 Pages Posted: 3 Jun 2003

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Tobias Hagen

Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences - ReLUT - Research Lab for Urban Transport

Abstract

The wage effects of fixed-term contracts (FTCs) are analysed with the German Socio-Economic Panel (GSOEP) for West Germany. Taking selection on observables into account results in an estimated wage effect of -6 percent up to -10 percent. Controlling additionally for selection on unobservables leads to wage effects of -23 percent, which may be explained by self-selection of workers. The results also highlight the importance of asymmetric information as an explanation for the incentive for employers as well as workers to enter FTCs.

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Hagen, Tobias, Do Temporary Workers Receive Risk Premiums? Assessing the Wage Effects of Fixed-Term Contracts in West Germany by a Matching Estimator Compared with Parametric Approaches. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=370503

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Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences - ReLUT - Research Lab for Urban Transport

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