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ERIC Number: EJ967519
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Mar
Pages: 34
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-0037-7732
Better off Jobless? Scarring Effects of Contingent Employment in Japan
Yu, Wei-hsin
Social Forces, v90 n3 p735-768 Mar 2012
Previous research fails to address whether contingent employment benefits individuals' careers more than the alternative they often face: being without a job. Using work history data from Japan, this study shows that accepting a contingent job delays individuals' transition to standard employment more than remaining jobless. Moreover, having a contingent job, rather than having no job, leads Japanese men to have lower occupational status after they transition back to standard employment. I argue that in a highly segmented labor market like Japan's, the strict separation of labor pools for standard and contingent jobs makes being labeled as a contingent worker particularly detrimental. Meanwhile, the legacy of Japan's welfare corporatism alleviates the stigma of unemployment, making individuals better off jobless than having a contingent job. This research thus demonstrates the importance of labor-market contexts in shaping the scarring effects of contingent work arrangements.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Japan