What is it about?

In the study, we define and measure precarious work in Finland using five variables that reflect both objective and subjective insecurity: atypical employment, actually experienced unemployment, the threat of dismissal or unemployment, poor chances of finding a new job, and low earnings. Results based on Statistics Finland’s Quality of Work Life Surveys from 1984 to 2013 indicate that job uncertainty in Finland today is at roughly the same level as three decades ago.

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Why is it important?

Our findings serve as a testament to the effectiveness and stability of the Nordic labour market model.


The data set at our disposal is unique and comprehensive. It allowed us to assess the development of precarious work over a period of three decades.

Pasi Pyöriä
Tampereen yliopisto

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This page is a summary of: Precarious work and intrinsic job quality: Evidence from Finland, 1984–2013, The Economic and Labour Relations Review, July 2016, SAGE Publications,
DOI: 10.1177/1035304616659190.
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