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Title:Why Do Part-Time Workers Earn Less? : The Role of Worker and Job Skills PDF Logo
Authors:Hirsch, Barry T.
Issue Date:2004
Series/Report no.:IZA Discussion paper series 1261
Abstract:The wages of part-time workers are considerably lower than are those of full-time workers. Measurable worker and job characteristics, including occupational skill requirements, account for much of the part-time penalty. Longitudinal analysis indicates that much of the remaining gap reflects worker heterogeneity, evidenced by small wage gains and losses among workers switching between part-time and full-time jobs. The lower skills of part-time than fulltime workers result primarily from limited work experience and accumulation of human capital. Little evidence can be found of a large wage gap between part-time and full-time women. A part-time wage penalty is found for men, but men account for a small proportion of total part-time employment.
Subjects:part-time
wages
job characteristics
worker heterogeneity
JEL:J22
J24
J31
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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