Abstract: In this paper, we investigate the impact of fixedterm employment spells (fixed-term contracts and temporary work) on the integration on the labour market (translated by the transition to a permanent contract) for French school-leavers. We study, at the same time, the impact of three categories of determinants on the schoolleavers' integration on the labour market: individual's features, a first fixed-term employment spell and a later fixed-term employment episode. More precisely, by taking into account the fixed-term employment spell duration, we identify four possible trajectories and we examine if fixedterm employment is a "stepping-stone" to permanent employment. In order to control for possible endogeneity biases, trivariate probit models are implemented on a sample of 11 303 individuals obtained from the French "Generation 98" survey.
Keywords: Fixed-term employment, Fixed-term contract, Temporary work, School-leavers, Quality of labour market integration, Trivariate probit models
Recieved: 03.09.2007 Accepted: 29.10.2007 UDC: 331.5