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Fixed-term Contracts: Traps or Starting Points?

Abstract: 

An evaluation of the effects of the Treu Package and subsequent Italian legislation on temporary job will be the focus of the conference FIXED-TERM CONTRACTS: TRAPS OR STARTING POINTS? organized by the Research Institute for the Evaluation of Public Policies.

Until not so long ago, dependent employment and self-employment used to be the two categories encompassing nearly all employment positions. However, in recent decades we have witnessed a multiplication of increasingly flexible job contracts that are less burdensome to the employer. Examples are fixed-term contracts, training and internships, apprenticeships, project contracts, etc. Such contracts have been designed to improve the job matching process and, as a result, to tackle two widespread phenomena in our country: youth unemployment and informal employment.
Although the consequences of this ongoing process of flexibilization have long been the centre of public attention in Italy, they have not been the object of many specific studies. As such, the conference organized by IRVAPP wants to stimulate open discussion on this topic through the presentation of the results stemming from two IRVAPP studies that have made use of impact evaluation methods.

Date: 
04 July 2009 - 11:00
Location: 

Fondazione Bruno Kessler Aula Grande - Via Santa Croce 77 - Trento

Programme: 

Introduction

Andrea Zanotti
President of the Fondazione Bruno Kessler

Davide Bassi
Dean of Università degli Studi di Trento

Lorenzo Dellai
President of the autonomous Province of Trento

Speakers:

Ugo Trivellato
IRVAPP & Università degli Studi di Padova: "The Effects of Temporary Job Experiences on Short-term Labour Market Outcomes in Italy" (Download Section).

Antonio Schizzerotto
IRVAPP & Università degli Studi di Trento: "The Treu Reform and Contractual Mobility in Italy. A comparison Between Labour Market Entry Cohorts" (Download Section).

Discussants:

Tiziano Treu
Vice-President of Commissione Permanente Lavoro e Previdenza Sociale del Senato

Giuliano Cazzola
Vice-President of Commissione Lavoro Pubblico e Privato della Camera

Paolo Sestito
Vice-Direttore of Servizio Studi di Struttura Economica e Finanziaria della Banca d'Italia