|Title:||Contented Casuals in Inferior Jobs? Reassessing Casual Employment in Australia|
|Publisher:||Australian Centre for Industrial Relations Research and Teaching|
|Series/Report no.:||ACIRRT Working Paper|
|Abstract:||This paper argues that findings of contentment among casual employees are subject to both methodological and philosophical weaknesses. In place of subjective measures of job satisfaction, I argue that the quality of jobs should be directly assessed by objective criteria like remuneration. Following this, I fit earnings equations to the HILDA data and find that part-time casual employees earn only a modest premium over permanent full-time employees. When the loadings which casuals are paid are taken into account, I find that part-time casual employees are actually penalised by virtue of working as casuals. I conclude that casual jobs are inferior jobs, irrespective of the satisfaction levels of their incumbents.|
|Type of Work:||Working Paper|
|Appears in Collections:||ACIRRT/WRC Working Papers|
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