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Zero hours contracts and Labour market policy

Datta, Nikhil, Giupponi, Giulia and Machin, Stephen (2019) Zero hours contracts and Labour market policy. Economic Policy. ISSN 0266-4658

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Identification Number: 10.1093/epolic/eiz008


The evolving nature of atypical work arrangements is studied. A particular focus is placed on one such form of work relation: zero hour contracts (ZHCs). The paper uses existing secondary data and new survey data collected for the specific purpose of studying alternative work arrangements to describe the nature of ZHC work in the UK labour market. The interaction with labour market policy is explored, in the context of the 2016 introduction of the UK’s National Living Wage. ZHC work is shown to be an important feature of today’s work arrangements, and the wage cost shock induced by the new, higher minimum wage resulted in an increased use of ZHCs in the UK social care sector, and in low wage sectors more generally.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2019 CEPR, CESifo, Sciences Po
Divisions: Centre for Economic Performance
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
JEL classification: J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J3 - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs > J31 - Wage Level and Structure; Wage Differentials by Skill, Training, Occupation, etc.
J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J3 - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs > J32 - Nonwage Labor Costs and Benefits; Private Pensions
J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J8 - Labor Standards: National and International > J81 - Working Conditions
Date Deposited: 29 Apr 2019 15:27
Last Modified: 14 Jun 2022 18:03

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