We are grateful to Paolo Barbieri, Claudio Lucifora and the audiences at seminars in Milan (LOPSI and EQUALSOC workshop) and Sassari (AIEL), for comments and advice. We are also grateful to two anonymous referees for their comments. The usual disclaimer applies.
ARE TEMPORARY WORKERS DISCRIMINATED AGAINST? EVIDENCE FROM EUROPE*
Version of Record online: 27 MAY 2011
© 2011 The Authors. The Manchester School © 2011 Blackwell Publishing Ltd and The University of Manchester
The Manchester School
Special Issue: Low Pay, Low Skill and Low Income
Volume 80, Issue 1, pages 28–50, January 2012
How to Cite
COMI, S. and GRASSENI, M. (2012), ARE TEMPORARY WORKERS DISCRIMINATED AGAINST? EVIDENCE FROM EUROPE. The Manchester School, 80: 28–50. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9957.2011.02231.x
Manuscript received 29.12.09; final version received 16.11.10.
- Issue online: 21 DEC 2011
- Version of Record online: 27 MAY 2011
We analyse the wage gap between temporary and permanent jobs in nine European countries using a semiparametric approach and evaluate the wage gap across the entire wage distribution. We show that in some countries the fixed-term wage gap decreases as higher quantiles are considered, and that having a fixed-term contract penalizes more workers located at the bottom of the earnings distribution. We find also that workers with the same characteristics as temporary workers would receive higher wages if they worked on permanent contracts in almost all the countries considered, and that this finding is stable across the entire wage distribution.