June 2–4, 2021
We were very excited to have our two PhD students represent the SECCOPA project at the thought-provoking ISA’s RC28 virtual spring meeting.
Unfortunately, due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the conference could not take place at the University of Turku in Finland.
Nonetheless, the conference organizers were still able to create an invigorating atmosphere and we are particularly thankful for the helpful feedback our PhD students received on their presentations.
Sophia Fauser presented joint work with Michael Gebel on “Investigating the wage penalty of temporary workers across 30 countries using LIS data: How much and for whom does the institutional context matter”. In this study, they investigate the hourly wage gap between temporary and permanent employees across 30 countries using cross-sectional data of the Luxembourg Income Study (LIS). They find consistent wage disadvantages for temporary workers, which generalizes to all included countries. Across all countries, the wage gap is on average higher for workers in high-skilled and medium-skilled occupations compared to those in low-skilled occupations, as well as for older workers in comparison to younger workers. Relating the revealed cross-country differences to institutional characteristics such as employment protection legislation, trade union density, and national minimum wage regulations, the results reveal that higher union coverage decreases the wage gap between contract types. In contrast, they do not find any statistically significant relationship with other labor market institutional factors such as national minimum wage setting and employment protection legislation (except for low-skilled workers) that are often seen as important institutional factors regarding temporary employment.
Sonja Scheuring presented her work on “Does Fixed-Term Employment Have Spillover Effects on The Well-Being of Partners? A Panel Data Analysis for East and West Germany”, which is a result from the collaboration with Jonas Voßemer (Mannheim Centre for European Social Research, MZES, Germany), Anna Baranowska-Rataj (Umeå University, Sweden and PI of the HEALFAM project), and Giulia Tattarini (Berlin Social Science Center, WZB, Germany). There they examine if transitions from unemployment into fixed-term employment and from fixed-term into permanent employment affect the partner’s well-being, if these effects differ by gender and East or West German socialization and what are the reasons for these effects. If you are interested in reading the full paper, which is published in Journal of Happiness Studies, please feel free to click here.