Flexibility and Employment Security in Europe
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Flexibility and Employment Security in Europe

Labour Markets in Transition

Edited by Ruud Muffels

This book seeks to gain a better understanding of the paradoxical relationship between the alleged need of European labour markets to become more flexible and the way in which national policies pursue this aim without jeopardising existing high standards of income and employment security. Special interest is devoted to the way in which countries opt for different policy routes to cope with the aim of balancing flexibility and security goals in their respective labour market and social protection policies. The contributions in this book all try to unveil the particular changes or transitions occurring in the various labour markets, to learn about their medium and longer term effects and the role of institutions and policies to cushion the adverse consequences of these changes. By studying some ‘best practices’ in Denmark, Canada and Australia they also draw some important lessons about the reasons why national policies might either fail or better cope with the challenges Europe face today.
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Chapter 10: Working Time Preferences, Labour Market Transitions and Job Satisfaction

Govert Bijwaard, Bram van Dijk and Jaap de Koning


Govert Bijwaard, Bram van Dijk and Jaap de Koning 10.1 INTRODUCTION Compared to the previous chapter, the aim of this chapter is to acquire a deeper insight into the relationships between working time preferences and working time transitions (job moves) on the one hand and job satisfaction on the other. Due to the unavailability of data in other countries the analyses are limited to the Netherlands. The questions raised are to what extent do Dutch workers adjust the number of hours worked when they experience a discrepancy between the actual and the desired number of hours? and does such a discrepancy or a more general dissatisfaction with the current job leads worker to move to another job? Eventually, we deal with the question to what extent transitions reduce the discrepancy between actual and desired hours and increase job satisfaction. The analysis is based on data obtained from the Dutch OSA household panel.1 It is a broad survey covering almost all aspects of work like labour market status, number of hours worked, pay, type of employment, job satisfaction and many other topics. The data used in this chapter covers the period 1986–1998. In the meantime more recent data has become available, but there are good reasons to believe that adding more waves would not change the results significantly and would lead to similar outcomes. Visser and Van der Meer (2007) present OSA-data on transitions covering the period 1988–2002 and they find no sign of any trend break for their...

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