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Uncertain lives - Insights into the role of job precarioussness on family formation in Italy

29th January 2015 1.30pm, Room 1/G/8, Ladywell House

Daniele Vignoli, University of Florence

The diffusion of temporary job contracts in modern European societies has raised concern that these jobs, even if they are deemed useful to combat unemployment, may also constitute a source of insecurity for young workers. Little is known about their possible social and demographic consequences, especially as regards family formation. We focus on this knowledge-gap by examining how job precariousness affects union formation practices in Italy. We study both genders and we combine the empirical evidence from both qualitative and quantitative research. The qualitative evidence suggest to advance the hypothesis that cohabitation can be linked to the growing labor market uncertainty while marriage to stability. By means of a subsequent quantitative analysis, we provide support to this hypothesis in the general population.