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Uncertainty in the labour market: How does fixed-term employment affect fertility and mental health of the young generation?

Wolfgang Auer; Natalia Danzer;
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  • Published: 01 Feb 2015
We study the short- to medium-run effects of starting a career on a fixed-term contract on subsequent fertility and health outcomes. We focus on the career start since we expect that temporary contracts and their inherent economic uncertainty imply a path dependence which might have spill-over effects on other domains of life. Our empirical analysis is based on rich data from the German Socio-Economic Panel which provides comprehensive information about individuals’ labour market history as well as fertility behaviour, and physical and mental health indicators. Our main results are that due to fixed-term employment at labour market entry women tend to: (i) postp...
free text keywords: starting a career, fixed-term contracts, economic uncertainty, maternity postponing, fertility, mental health, life satisfaction, jel:J13, jel:J18, jel:J41
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