Greppi, S., Lucchini, M., Assi, J., and Marazzi, C. (2010). The determinants of fixed-term contracts in contemporary Switzerland. FORS Working Paper Series, paper 2010-4. Lausanne: FORS.
flexibility, fixed-term contracts, permanent contracts, education
This paper focuses on the determinants of fixed-term contracts in Switzerland, using data coming from four waves (2004-2007) of the Swiss Household Panel (SHP). The analysis shows that fixed- term contracts are correlated to the type of education. In particular, the subjects who have undergone non-vocational training courses have a lower chance of obtaining a contract of an undetermined duration (hereafter referred to as a “permanent contract”). Other factors capable of increasing the chances of having a fixed-term contract are: being a woman or belonging to the younger cohorts. Apart from work experience (or also the ageing process), the fact of living in a couple with children increases the chances of having a permanent contract.
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