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Fixed-Term Contracts and Labor Market Duality in France

  • Clémence Berson


The French labor market is segmented between permanent and temporary workers. The second category has difficulty in getting an open-ended contract. This paper aims at depicting workers on short-term contracts and shows the consequences on their professional career are negative and significant. A large part of the wage gap between permanent and temporary workers remains unexplained by observable characteristics. They receive less on-the-job training and their likelihood of obtaining a stable job is lower than 30% after 1 year and a half. They have also a higher probability of being the adjustment variable in case of an economic negative shock. These different findings show the importance of using public policies to encourage transitions from fixed-term to permanent employment and reducing labor-market duality.


Fixed-term contracts Atypical labor contracts Duality 

JEL Classification

J21 J42 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.ParisFrance
  2. 2.University Paris 1Paris Cedex 13France

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