Field of Study and Flexible Work : A Comparison between Germany and the UK

Professorship/Faculty: Juniorprofessur für Soziologie mit dem Schwerpunkt Bildung und Arbeit im Lebensverlauf 
Author(s): Giesecke, Johannes; Schindler, Steffen  
Title of the Journal: International Journal of Comparative Sociology
Publisher Information: Leiden : Brill Academic Publishers
Year of publication: 2008
Volume: 49
Issue: 4/5
Pages: 283-304
Language(s): English
DOI: 10.1177/0020715208093078
In this article, the relationship between study programs in higher education and the risk of holding a temporary contract is investigated in a comparative perspective. We find that the effects fi elds of study have on the type of contract can be better explained by their link to occupational positions than by field specificity differentials. Furthermore, fields of study are more important in explaining the individual risk of holding a temporary contract in the German rather than in the UK labor market. This may be attributable to the higher degree of standardization of the German educational system
Keywords: fields of study, flexibilization, higher education, institutional arrangements, labor market
Document Type: Article
Year of publication: 17. March 2014