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Coping with Turbulent Economic Times: Establishments’ Employment Adjustment Practices by Gender and Contract Type

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journal RIVISTA INTERNAZIONALE DI SCIENZE SOCIALI
issue RIVISTA INTERNAZIONALE DI SCIENZE SOCIALI - 2019 - 2
title Coping with Turbulent Economic Times: Establishments’ Employment Adjustment Practices by Gender and Contract Type
authors
publisher Vita e Pensiero
format Article | Pdf
language English
online since 10-2019
doi 10.26350/000518_000030
issn 0035-676X (print) | 1827-7918 (digital)
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Using a representative dataset of Spanish establishments and the quasi-experimental nature of the Great Recession, which started with the unexpected fall of Lehman Brothers, we examine how employers’ labour practices adjust to economic shocks. The establishment-level provides an insightful perspective on how firms deal with economic downturns in segmented labour markets. Although during the recession, temporary job creation and destruction continued to be greater than permanent job creation and destruction, the downturn severely impacted establishments’ permanent, as opposed to temporary, job creation and destruction rates. Furthermore, its impact on net job rates did not differ much by gender, except in construction, due to its primarily male workforce. Finally, as expected, establishments’ employment adjustment dynamics generally conformed to those of an aggregate shock impacting the whole economy. Nevertheless, a closer look at industry and region confirms some especially hard-hit sectors and regions, such as the construction industry, and the Canary and Balearic Islands.

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Employment practices, Segmentation, Gender differences, the Great Recession, Spain

Authors biography

Amuedo Dorantes: Department of Economics, University of California, Merced, 5200 North Lake Rd. Merced, CA 95343. Email: camuedo-dorantes@ucmerced.edu.
Malo: Departamento de Economıa, Universidadde Salamanca, Edificio FES - Campus ‘‘Miguel de Unamuno’’, E-37007 Salamanca (Spain). Email: malo@usal.es.