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Partial De-Regulation: Fixed-Term Contracts in Italy and Spain

Adam, P. and Canziani, P. (1998) Partial De-Regulation: Fixed-Term Contracts in Italy and Spain. CEPDP (386). Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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To combat unemployment, in the 1980s most European countries began to de-regulate labour markets. In 1984, atypical contracts were introduced in Italy and Spain. Although the Italian and Spanish economies are widely comparable, and the labour market reforms introduced in the mid-1980s appear similar, the consequences of these reforms have been very different. The unprecedented growth of temporary contracts in the last ten years in Spain has given rise to an extensive theoretical and empirical literature. In Italy, however, the utilisation of atypical contracts has remained limited and much less investigated. This paper has two goals. First it analyses the characteristics of fixed-term contracts in Italy and Spain. Then it investigates the causes that made the Italian and Spanish experience with these contracts so different.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
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Additional Information: © 1998 the authors
Divisions: Centre for Economic Performance
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Date Deposited: 01 Aug 2008 09:09
Last Modified: 26 Apr 2021 11:48

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