My academic research examines the relationship between employment stability, working conditions, and the family domain, with a focus on the role of labor market policies and institutions. I am currently working on two interrelated projects.

In the first, I focus on employment insecurity and investigate how and to what extent temporary jobs are similar to or different from unemployment in terms of their impact on individuals and their spouses’ well-being and on family transitions. Many have argued that temporary employment not only reduces unemployment rates but also helps workers gain access to the labor market and accumulate human capital. While this may be true for some temporary jobs, I demonstrate that they also can be as harmful as unemployment to well-being, spilling over and influencing spousal well-being, and can affect partnership formation and marital stability of individuals.

My second project focuses on the intrinsic job quality of temporary work, and investigates how temporary or no-contract workers’ conditions of work change as a response to economic cycles.  During times of economic crisis, employers utilize temporary contracts to absorb shocks in labor demand, which results in a decline in the overall quality of temporary jobs, despite a lack of a similar decline in temporary workers’ job satisfaction. Little is known, however, about the quality of temporary work during economic growth, when many new jobs are added in the economy. I investigate the changing job quality of temporary workers during and in the aftermath of the 2007/8 economic crisis, and examine their well-being and job satisfaction in a number of European countries representing different institutional settings.