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Short employment spells in Italy, Germany and the UK: testing the 'port of entry' hypothesis

Contini, Bruno, Pacelli, Lia and Villosio, Claudia (1999) Short employment spells in Italy, Germany and the UK: testing the 'port of entry' hypothesis. CEPDP, 426. Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK. ISBN 0753012847

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Abstract

This paper looks at short employment spells in three European countries: Great Britain, whose labour market is considered the most flexible in the EU; Italy, regarded as the least flexible; and Germany, tightly regulated, but characterised by a deservedly famous apprenticeship system. In particular, it aims to assess whether young people in short-lived jobs stand a better chance of finding a ''good job'' compared to their older colleagues. The increasingly held belief that - in modern economies - a ''bad job'' at the beginning of one''s career is the ''port-of-entry'' to stable employment and to upward mobility, makes this assessment particularly relevant; ie it matters greatly if short-duration jobs are entry ports into better employment or become long term-traps. The lack of accepted benchmarks makes it difficult to reach strong conclusions in regard to the ''efficiency'' of labour markets, however, this study should help to highlight the effect of different labour market institutions on mobility and on the soundness of the ''port-of-entry'' hypothesis.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
Official URL: http://cep.lse.ac.uk
Additional Information: © 1999 the authors
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Sets: Collections > Economists Online
Research centres and groups > Centre for Economic Performance (CEP)
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Identification Number: 426
Date Deposited: 31 Jul 2008 09:12
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/20221/

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