Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/124982
Authors: 
Picchio, Matteo
van Ours, Jan C.
Year of Publication: 
2015
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 9470
Abstract: 
Using employees' longitudinal data, we study the effect of working hours on the propensity of firms to sponsor training of their employees. We show that, whereas male part-time workers are less likely to receive training than male full-timers, part-time working women are as likely to receive training as full-time working women. Although we cannot rule out gender-working time specific monopsony power, we speculate that the gender-specific effect of working hours on training has to do with gender-specific stereotyping. In the Netherlands, for women it is common to work part-time. More than half of the prime age female employees work part-time. Therefore, because of social norms, men working part-time could send a different signal to their employer than women working part-time. This might generate a different propensity of firms to sponsor training of male part-timers than female part-timers.
Subjects: 
part-time employment
working hours
firm-sponsored training
gender
human capital
JEL: 
C33
C35
J24
M51
M53
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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