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Do Temporary Contracts Increase Work Accidents? A Microeconometric Comparison between Italy and Spain

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  • Virginia Hernanz,

    1. Depto. Fundamentos de Economía e Historia Económica, Universidad de Alcalá, Plaza Victoria, 2, 28802 Alcalá de Henares (Madrid), Spain
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  • Luis Toharia

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    1. Depto. Fundamentos de Economía e Historia Económica, Universidad de Alcalá, Plaza Victoria, 2, 28802 Alcalá de Henares (Madrid), Spain
      Virginia Hernanz — Luis Toharia (author for correspondence), Depto. Fundamentos de Economía e Historia Económica, Universidad de Alcalá, Plaza Victoria, 2, 28802 Alcalá de Henares (Madrid), Spain. E-mail: luis.toharia@uah.es.
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  • This paper was presented at the Eighteenth Annual Conference of the European Society for Population Economics (ESPE), June 2004, Bergen, Norway, and at the 16th Annual Conference of the European Association of Labour Economists, September 2004, Lisbon, Portugal. The authors gratefully acknowledge the comments of the participants to these Conferences as well as those from an anonymous referee. Financial help from the Spanish Ministry of Education under CICYT project Obmetra, ref. SEC2001-0061, is also acknowledged.

Virginia Hernanz — Luis Toharia (author for correspondence), Depto. Fundamentos de Economía e Historia Económica, Universidad de Alcalá, Plaza Victoria, 2, 28802 Alcalá de Henares (Madrid), Spain. E-mail: luis.toharia@uah.es.

Abstract

Abstract.  This paper analyses the effect of contract type on the rate of work-related accidents in Italy and Spain, using the 1999 Labour Force Survey ‘ad hoc module’. We find that, once personal and job characteristics of workers are controlled for, the differences in the probability of suffering a work accident between open-ended and temporary workers vanish. Furthermore, following a novel decomposition analysis by Yun, we obtain that personal and job characteristics tend to increase the probability of having an accident for temporary workers, but the specific influence of contract type favours the latter, who show a lower probability on this account.

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