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Why do Russian Firms Use Fixed-Term and Agency Work Contracts? You or your institution have access to this content

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Larisa Smirnykh1, Andreas Wörgötter
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  • 1: National Research University, Russian Federation

14 jan 2013
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This study looks into the use of fixed term contracts and agency work in Russia during and shortly after the crisis 2009-10 with the help of an enterprise survey. The results of variance analysis show that the use of fixed-term or agency work contracts is not uniform across sectors, size and skill requirements. Probit analysis reveals that the use of fixed term contracts also in-creases the likelihood of using agency work, but not the other way around. The increase of tem-porary and agency work contracts increases the turnover on the labour market and contributes to an increase in dualisation, but may also help to prevent a larger increase in unemployment during crisis periods.
Russia, turnover, labour contracts, labour demand, employment level
Classification JEL:
  • J21: Labor and Demographic Economics / Demand and Supply of Labor / Labor Force and Employment, Size, and Structure
  • J23: Labor and Demographic Economics / Demand and Supply of Labor / Labor Demand
  • J41: Labor and Demographic Economics / Particular Labor Markets / Labor Contracts
  • J63: Labor and Demographic Economics / Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers / Turnover ; Vacancies ; Layoffs
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