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Article in Journal of East European Management Studies

Article "The importance of institutional and organizational characteristics for the use of fixed-term contracts in Russia" by Larisa Smirnykh and Andreas Wörgötter was published in Journal of East European Management Studies


Smirnykh L., Wörgötter A. (2019) The importance of institutional and organizational characteristics for the use of fixed-term contracts in Russia. Journal of East European Management Studies, vol. 24, no 1, pp. 89 - 121. doi.org/10.5771/0949-6181-2019-1-89

Fixed-term contracts are becoming more used instead of the traditional model of open-ended employment. The authors examine the influence of institutional and organizational factors on the use of fixed-term contracts in Russia, with data from a survey covering 3 313 enterprises for the years 2009 to 2011. Probit and Tobit regressions are used to test several hypotheses derived from the literature. The results indicate that state-owned and unionised enterprises are more likely to use fixed-term contracts, and a high level of perceived dismissal protection for permanent workers is positively associated with the use of fixed-term contracts. Both the incidence and the intensity of fixed-term contracts are lower at enterprises with flexible wages. Among the organizational factors, the presence of workers with a tenure of 5-10 years and high job complexity are negatively related with the use fixed-term contracts.

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