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Here's how temporary work contracts could impact your livelihood

Employee retention declines dramatically for workers on temporary contracts. Image: Unsplash/Firdouss ross

Yukiko Asai

Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Chicago

Dmitri Koustas

PhD candidate in Economics, University of California, Berkeley

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Chart showing the share of new flight attendants on a temporary contract from 1985 to 2018.
The share of new flight attendants on a temporary contract from 1985 to 2018. Image: Vox EU/Asai and Koustas

Employee retention declined dramatically for workers on temporary contracts.
Employee retention declined dramatically for workers on temporary contracts. Image: Vox EU/Asai and Koustas

Long-tenure workers hired on temporary contracts are 7 percentage points (16%) less likely to have a child, compared to those hired on a permanent contract in the immediate years prior.
Long-tenure workers hired on temporary contracts are 7 percentage points (16%) less likely to have a child, compared to those hired on a permanent contract in the immediate years prior. Image: Vox EU/Asai and Koustas

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