We are glad to announce that the “Behavioural Study on the Effects of an Extension of the Access to Social Protection for People in All Forms of Employment” carried out in consortium with the London School of Economics (LSE) has been published and it is ready for download.
This study gathers evidence in support of the European Commission initiative aiming at providing adequate social protection regardless the type of employment contract. Since 2015, the emergence of the new forms of work offered by online labour platforms is fuelling the debate on social protection of precarious workers and ‘bogus self-employment’. This behavioural research explores issues such as: what are the effects of extending social protection coverage to include the rising number of people in non-standard employment – e.g zero-hour-contract and platform or “gig economy” workers – and the self-employed; how access to information, risk attitudes, and social and economic factors influence citizens’ willingness to pay for social protection; what drives citizens’ worries about their future living conditions. Information about individuals attitudes and behaviour towards social protection has been gathered through a large, multi-country (n=8000) social survey and experiment.
In particular, the Impact Assessment performed by the European Commission describes the current gaps in social security for people in non-standard forms of employment and self-employment across the Member States and discusses different policy options and impacts for EU action. We are honoured that among the expert advice feeding into the Impact Assessment, our study has played a fundamental role.