What is it about?

While atypical employment contracts offer flexibility in the labor market, these kinds of contracts are inherently insecure and may generate stress among affected workers. This study examines the impact of atypical forms of employment (specifically seasonal or temporary jobs or a fixed time contracts) on workers' health. Survival analysis shows that, other things equal, the longer percent of time spent in flexible employment contracts increases the odds of falling into ill health for a variety of health conditions. The results are robust to controlling for the endogeneity in the relationship.

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Why is it important?

With the rise in gig and other forms of insecure work, there may be an intended consequence on public health if these jobs leads to bad health.


This is one of the first papers to examine this link between insecure work and health using a panel dataset of nationally representative workers.

Professor Keith A Bender
University of Aberdeen

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This page is a summary of: The Unintended Consequences of Flexicurity: The Health Consequences of Flexible Employment, Review of Income and Wealth, June 2017, Wiley,
DOI: 10.1111/roiw.12316.
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