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Flexible wages for flexible contracts? The dynamics of the relationship between wage policy and employment contracts at the firm level
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Who benefited most from the re-regulation of labour markets which affected most of EU countries in the 1990s? The guidelines of the European Employment Strategy stress the need to promote flexibility combined with employment security and to ensure employment-friendly labour cost developments and wage-setting mechanisms [Ce05]. Despite higher occupation and employment rates, the outcome of 20 years of labour market flexibility is not clear yet. Flexibility allowed employers to face increasingly competitive markets, yet claims exist that contract flexibility was also used to cut labour and training costs [RaScHa00]. Contract flexibility has also been accused of driving large shares of younger workers and other groups of disadvantages employees to career paths characterised by temporary contracts, lower wages, poor working conditions, and low training. Literature on employment relationships has achieved important results, but several gaps still exist. The core idea of this research project is that wage dynamics and the use of flexible contracts are driven by the wage policy of a firm and by environmental conditions. Thus, the research programme jointly developed by a Portuguese and an Italian research unit, will take advantage of two national administrative linked employer-employee panel databases: Quadros do Pessoal, and Work Histories Italian Panel (WHIP). The research programme is based on a multidisciplinary, comparative, and pluralist approach and it is expected to produce new theoretical models and empirical evidence on the joint use of contract flexibility and targeted wage policies by firms.

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Centro de Investigação Grupo de Investigação Papel no Projeto Data de Início Data de Fim
DINAMIA'CET-IUL Inovação e Trabalho Parceiro 2010-01-01 2012-12-31
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Nome Afiliação Papel no Projeto Data de Início Data de Fim
Abdul Kadir Suleman DINAMIA'CET-IUL [Inovação e Trabalho] Investigador 2010-01-01 2012-12-31
Diana Marcela Oliveira Alves DINAMIA'CET-IUL [Inovação e Trabalho] Assistente de Investigação 2010-01-01 2012-03-31
Fátima Suleman DINAMIA'CET-IUL [Inovação e Trabalho] Investigadora Responsável 2010-01-01 2012-12-31
Francesca Sgobbi DINAMIA'CET-IUL [Inovação e Trabalho] Investigadora 2010-01-01 2012-12-31
Marta Filipa Luís Pereira DINAMIA'CET-IUL [Inovação e Trabalho] Assistente de Investigação 2010-01-01 2012-07-31
Nádia Simões DINAMIA'CET-IUL [Cidades e Territórios] Investigadora 2010-01-01 2012-09-17
Sérgio Miguel Chilra Lagoa DINAMIA'CET-IUL [Governação, Economia e Cidadania] Investigador 2010-01-01 2012-12-31
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 Flexible wages for flexible contracts? The dynamics of the relationship between wage policy and employment contracts at the firm level
2010-01-01
2012-12-31