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Marginal employment and health in Germany and the United Kingdom : does unstable employment predict health?

Gesundheitliche Folgen prekärer Beschäftigung in Deutschland und Großbritannien
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Rodriguez, Eunice

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Corporate Editor Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung gGmbH
Abstract "In der Studie werden potentielle gesundheitliche Folgen prekärer Beschäftigungsverhältnisse einschließlich Zeitarbeit und Teilzeitbeschäftigung untersucht. Ausgangspunkt sind die wachsenden Befürchtungen in Europa, daß befristete Beschäftigungsverhältnisse und andere Formen prekärer Beschäftigung soziale Ungleichheit befördern könnten. Daten der Jahre 1991 bis 1993 des Household-Panel-Comparability-Projekts wurden mittels logistischer Regressionsmodelle für Deutschland (11.980 Personen) und Großbritannien (8.729 Personen) analysiert. Die Kategorie 'Gesundheit' wurde als einzige Variable des von den Befragten selbstwahrgenommenen Gesundheitszustands herangezogen." (Autorenreferat)

"This study examines the possible health impact of marginal employment, including both temporary and part-time employment schemes. It addresses a growing concern in Europe that fixed-term employment and other forms of marginal employment may generate social inequality. Logistic regression models were used to analyze panel data from Germany and the U.K. (1991-93), available in the Household Panel Comparability Project data base. We included 11,980 respondents from Germany and 8,729 from the United Kingdom. The health dependent variable used was a single measure of perceived health status. Controlling for background characteristics, part-time workers with permanent contracts are not significantly different from those who are employed full-time in terms of reporting health status. In contrast, full-time employed people with fixed-term contracts in Germany are about 40 per cent more likely to report poor health than those who have permanent work contracts. Monitoring the possible health effects of the increasing number of marginal employment arrangements should be given priority on the research and political agenda." (author's abstract)
Keywords Federal Republic of Germany; Great Britain; term contract; temporary employment; part-time work; health; endangerment; health consequences; labor market; research; employment relationship; employment; Europe; social inequality
Classification Health Policy; Employment Research
Method empirical; quantitative empirical
Document language English
Publication Year 1999
City Berlin
Page/Pages 29 p.
Series Discussion Papers / Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung, Forschungsschwerpunkt Arbeitsmarkt und Beschäftigung, Abteilung Arbeitsmarktpolitik und Beschäftigung, 99-203
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications
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