Scarring, Habituation and Job Flexibility: Work histories in Secure and Insecure Employment

Colin P. Green and Leeves, Gareth D. (2009) Scarring, Habituation and Job Flexibility: Work histories in Secure and Insecure Employment. Discussion Paper No. 385, School of Economics, The University of Queensland.

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Author Colin P. Green
Leeves, Gareth D.
Title Scarring, Habituation and Job Flexibility: Work histories in Secure and Insecure Employment
School, Department or Centre School of Economics
Institution The University of Queensland
Report Number Discussion Paper No. 385
Publication date 2009-01
Start page 1
End page 26
Total pages 26
Language eng
Subject 14 Economics
Abstract/Summary Increases in the use of fexible employment contracts create more frequent transitions between unemployment and employment. This paper analyses the impact of cumulative unemployment experiences on the life satisfaction of Australian male workers in flexible employment. Using panel data techniques, it was found that permanent contract workers were scarred by previous unemployment. This contrasted with flexible contract workers who seem habituated to the effects of past unemployment. Social norming effects were evident for permanent workers, unemployment scarred deeper when it was less of a general norm, this was not the case for casual workers. Flexible contract workers.habituation to past unemployment and lack of social norming could contribute to the process of social exclusion.
Keyword life satisfaction
unemployment
scarring
habituation

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