NEWS

July 22, 2022

Jonathan Latner, our postdoctoral research assistant, and Nicole Saks, our former student assistant, published a new article in the Journal of European Social Policy.  It is often stated that the consequences are ‘mixed’. The paper’s key findings are that we know a lot more than is often understood about the consequences of temporary employment on wage and career mobility. At the same time, we know a lot less than is often understood about the mechanisms through which temporary employment affects mobility.

Two presentations at the SASE 2022 conference in Amsterdam

July 9-11, 2022

Almost the whole SECCOPA team went to the SASE 2022 meeting in Amsterdam. Our PI Michael Gebel was part of the „authors meets critics“ session and our team members Jonathan Latner and Sophia Fauser each presented a paper. Jonathan Latner presented his work on „The effect of temporary employment on wages: A comparative study of eight countries and Sophia Fauser on „Wage growth after temporary employment in Germany: Disentangling compensation and stigmatization from an within and between employer perspective. They received valuable feedback and comments from the audience and thank the session chair and conference organizers for making this inspiring conference possible.

Presentation at the SOEP user conference

June 30 – July 1, 2022

Our PhD student Sophia Fauser attended the SOEP user conference in Berlin and was excited to present her paper on Wage growth after temporary employment in Germany: Disentangling compensation and stigmatization from an within and between employer perspective“ in front of an expertise audience including fellow researchers working with the SOEP.

Presentation at the EPC 2022 conference in Groningen

June 30, 2022

Our PhD student Chen-Hao Hsu presented a SECCOPA paper on “ When Does Employment Instability Affect Women’s Childbirth? The Moderating Role of Family Policies in 26 European Countries „. Thanks to the session organizer and participants for insightful discussions. We are looking forward to exploring more issues on how temporary employment and unemployment affects individuals‘ childbirth behaviours across Europe and how such relationship is moderated by policy settings. 

Joint graduate conference in Milan

 

June 27-28, 2022

Our PI Michael Gebel and our PhD student Sophia Fauser were happy to attend the 5th joint interdisciplinary graduate conference in Milan! They had the chance to discuss the work of other PhD students and Sophia Fauser was also happy to recived feedback on her work on Wage growth after temporary employment in Germany: Disentangling compensation and stigmatization from an within and between employer perspective.

June 2, 2022

Jonathan Latner, our post-doctoral researcher, published a new article in the journal European Societies. The paper’s key findings show that while temporary employment rates stagnated in Europe over the last few years, the individual risk of having a fixed-term contract has risen. 

Presentation of joint work with Anna Manzoni at YOUNG-IN Workshop

May 19, 2022

Michael Gebel held a presentation on “Young people’s labor market transitions and intergenerational support. Evidence from German panel data.“ at the COST Action CA17114 YOUNG-IN WG1 Workshop  in Lisbon. This is joint work with Anna Manzoni (North Carolina State University) in which they study the role of transitions to non-standard employment, particularly temporary contracts, on multiple dimensions of parental support to young adults.

Invited talk at the Research Colloquium of the Department of Sociology in Tilburg

April 22, 2022

Michael Gebel was invited to give a talk on on “The effect of temporary contracts on wages: Evidence from international comparative analyses” at the Research Colloquium of the Department of Sociology in Tilburg. Starting from a brief synthesis of the empirical and theoretical state-of-the-art he synthesized key findings from SECCOPA international comparative research on the consequences of temporary contracts on wages.

Two SECCOPA presentations at the 2022 ISA RC28 Spring Meeting at the LSE, London

March 16-18, 2022

Jonathan Latner and Chen-Hao Hsu had the pleasure of presenting their SECCOPA papers at the ISA RC28 Spring Meeting at the LSE, London.

On March 16, Jonathan Latner presented his joint work with Michael Gebel on “The effect of temporary employment on wages: A comparative study of eight countries,“ which utilized innovative research designs on multiple longitudinal datasets to tackle the wage impacts of transitions into and out of temporary employment.

On March 18, Chen-Hao Hsu presented his paper „When does employment insecurity affect women’s childbirth? The moderating role of family policies in 24 European countries,“  which applied multilevel analyses to investigate how contextual differences in family policy provisions are shaping the impacts of temporary employment and unemployment on women’s childbirth behaviours. 

Many thanks to the organizers from the LSE side. We had a great time sharing our ideas and receiving valuable feedback from other researchers.

Discussion on panel data harmonization at Polish Academy of Sciences

December 1-2, 2021

Michael Gebel attended the international conference on „Harmonized longitudinal data on social structure: Polish research in a cross-national perspective” at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw. He participated at the roundtable discussion on „Cross-national perspectives on panel studies and the future of POLPAN“. Moreover, he had the pleasure to discuss the excellent ongoing work of our Polish colleagues from the „The Cross-National Biographies of Youth“ (CNB-Young) project on „Challenges for harmonizing panel data from Poland, Germany, UK and USA“. Given the focus on comparative panel data analysis and employment precarity there is a strong overlap of research interest between CNB-Young and SECCOPA and we hope for further collaboration between the two projects.

Two SECCOPA presentations at the ECSR 2021 online conference

October 07, 2021

Jonathan Latner and Sophia Fauser had the pleasure of presenting two SECCOPA papers at the annual online conference of the European Consortium for Sociological Research. Jonathan Latner presented on “Temporary employment: A comparative study of trends and group distribution in European countries”, while Sophia Fauser presented joint work with Michael Gebel on “Investigating the temporary employment wage across 30 countries using LIS data: How much and for whom does the institutional context matter?”.  

Many thanks for the great organization of the conference and especially to our session chair Paolo Barbieri and everybody who attended the session and gave valuable feedback, which will greatly help in improving our work.

 

September 24, 2021

Our PhD students Sophia Fauser and Sonja Scheuring published a new SECCOPA paper on the consequences of couples‘ employment trajectories and cumulative disadvantages on the later life housing outcomes in the SSCI listed journal Advances in Life Course Research.

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Two SECCOPA presentations at the SLLS 2021 online conference

 September 20-22, 2021

Sophia Fauser and Sonja Scheuring had the opportunity to present two SECCOPA papers at the Society for Longitudinal and Life Course Studies (SLLS) 2021 international Online Conference on “Identity and Transformation: Studying Lives in Times of Social Change” from September 20 – 22 online. They were excited to contibute to the conference with their presentations on “Fixed-term employment and housing outcomes in Germany: Investigating cumulative disadvantages” (Sophia Fauser) and “Longer-term effects of fixed-term employment in early careers on subjective well-being in Germany: A sequence analysis based approach” (Sonja Scheuring).

Thanks to the greatly organized symposium and especially the session chairs and the researchers who attended the presentations and gave valuable feedback, we can now further improve our SECCOPA project research!

August 31 – September 3, 2021

Our PhD student Sonja Scheuring presented her collaboration SECCOPA work on “The Effect of Early and Mid-life Work-family Trajectories on Self-rated Health and Depression in Older Age in West Germany and Italy: A Multichannel Sequence Analysis” at the 15th ESA (European Sociological Association) conference 2021 in the session Health Inequalities: IV: Health Status. The paper is the result of a collaboration and her work at the Institute for Family Research at the University of Bamberg (ifb), where she worked together with Henriette Engelhardt.

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August 6-10, 2021

We are very thankful to the ASA (American Sociological Association) 2021 Virtual Annual Meeting “Emancipatory Sociology: Rising to the Du Boisian Challenge” committee for having us and two SECCOPA presentations within the Labor and Labor Movements Roundtable (International Labor Issues and Temporary and Precarious Work) of our Ph.D. students.

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June 17-18, 2021

Sonja Scheuring presented her current work within the SECCOPA project on “Examining Longer-Term Dynamics of the Effects of Fixed-Term Employment Trajectories on Subjective Well-Being in Germany” at the 4th Joint Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference organized by Tilburg University. This conference brings together PhD students from Germany (BAGSS), the Netherlands (Tilburg University), Italy (University of Trento) and Spain (DemoSoc, University of Pompeu Fabra) and offers excellent opportunities for international scientific exchange.

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June 10-11, 2021

Our PhD student Sonja Scheuring presented her current work on “Der Einfluss von frühen Arbeits-Familien-Lebensverläufen auf den Gesundheits-zustand und Depression im späteren Leben in Westdeutschland und Italien: Eine Sequenzdatenanalyse”. The paper is the result of a collaboration and her work at the Institute for Family Research at the University of Bamberg (ifb), where she worked together with Henriette Engelhardt.

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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. 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”.  

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).

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Online presenation for the webinar series of the Sequence Analysis Association, session on causal inference and sequence analysis

May 20, 2021

Sophia Fauser presented her published paper on “Career trajectories and cumulative wages: The case of temporary employment” at the webinar series of the Sequence Analysis Association. In her paper Sophia combines sequence analysis and propensity score matching to investigate cumulative wages associated with different patterns of early career trajectories. Using panel data from the Socio-economic panel, she finds that individuals who experience early career trajectories characterized by periods of temporary employment earn lower cumulative wages compared to matched individuals who only experience continuous full-time permanent employment in their early career.

May 7, 2021

We were very happy to kick off this year’s conference season by having two poster presentations of our PhD students Sophia Fauser and Sonja Scheuring at the inspiring PAA2021 Virtual Meeting. The presentations were on „Women’s Family Formation and Work Trajectories during Midlife in South Korea“ and „Does Fixed-Term Employment Have Spillover Effects on the Well-being of Partners? A Panel Data Analysis for East and West Germany“.

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January 19, 2021

Sonja Scheuring published an article on „Does Fixed-Term Employment Have Spillover Effects on the Well-Being of Partners? A Panel Data Analysis for East and West Germany“ in the SSCI-listed Journal of Happiness Studies. The article is the result of a first cooperation beyond the SECCOPA project and was co-authored by Jonas Voßemer (formerly in the HEALFAM project, now at the Mannheim Centre for European Social Research, MZES), Anna Baranowska-Rataj (PI of the HEALFAM project) and Giulia Tattarini (Berlin Social Science Center, WZB).

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November 13, 2020

Sophia Fauser presented joint work with her colleague Sonja Scheuring on “Couples’ Early Career Trajectories and Later Life Housing Consequences in Germany: Investigating Cumulative Disadvantages” at the YOUNG-IN online workshop.​

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Presentation at the Center for Social Inequality Studies (CSIS) in Trento, Italy on “Temporary employment: A comparative study of trends and group distribution in European countries“

November 12, 2020

Dr. Jonathan Latner presented current work on “Temporary employment: A comparative study of trends and group distribution in European countries” at the CSIS brownbag seminar in Trento, Italy.   Preliminary results suggest that the temporary employment rate has stagnated over time, but the risk of experiencing it continues to rise in some countries. The contribution provides insight into the nature of employment experiences associated with insecurity.

 
Presentation at the IAB conference on Labour market transitions: Challenges for public policies and research”​

September 9, 2020

Dr. Jonathan Latner presented current work on “Escaping in-work poverty in Europe: Stable jobs, permanent contracts, or good economies?” at the IAB conference on Labour market transitions: Challenges for public policies and research”. The conference was a hybrid conference, combining in person presentations as well as online. He received valuable feedback from conference participants, as well as the other presenters in the session.

Preliminary results suggest that in-work poverty exit is less about transitioning from temporary to permanent work and more about stable employment and good economic conditions.