Journal article

Temporary Employment Contracts and Household Income

Inga Laß, Mark Wooden

Social Indicators Research | Springer Science and Business Media LLC | Published : 2020


It is widely accepted that temporary jobs tend to be associated with low pay which, in turn, will have negative consequences for household income. Evidence in support of such claims, however, is relatively thin. This study seeks to fill this void. In particular, it is both the first study to examine the consequences of temporary employment for workers’ household income within a multivariate framework, and the first to quantify the relative importance of the different channels through which temporary employment affects income. Regression and decomposition analyses are applied to longitudinal survey data from Australia, a country where the incidence of temporary forms of employment, and especi..

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Awarded by Australian Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

This paper uses confidentialised unit record file data from the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Survey. The HILDA Survey Project was initiated and is funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services and is managed by the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research. This research was also supported under the Australian Research Council's Discovery Projects funding scheme (Project # DP160103171).