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Part-time jobs: what women want?

Booth, Alison L and van Ours, Jan C (2013) 'Part-time jobs: what women want?' Journal of Population Economics, 26 (1). pp. 263-283. ISSN 0933-1433

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Abstract

Part-time jobs are common among partnered women in many countries. There are two opposing views on the efficiency implications of so many women working part-time. The negative view is that part-time jobs imply wastage of resources and underutilization of investments in human capital since many part-time working women are highly educated. The positive view is that, without the existence of part-time jobs, female labor force participation would be substantially lower since women confronted with the choice between a full-time job and zero working hours would opt for the latter. In the Netherlands, the majority of partnered working women have a part-time job. Our paper investigates, from a supply-side perspective, if the current situation of abundant part-time work in the Netherlands is likely to be a transitional phase that will culminate in many women working full-time. Our main results indicate that partnered women in part-time work have high levels of job satisfaction, a low desire to change their working hours, and live in partnerships in which household production is highly gendered. Taken together, our results suggest that part-time jobs are what most Dutch women want.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Part-time work; Happiness; Satisfaction; Working hours; Gender
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Institute for Social and Economic Research
Faculty of Social Sciences > Economics, Department of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 19 Sep 2013 14:29
Last Modified: 16 Dec 2014 11:14
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/7784

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