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Why Do Part-time Workers Invest Less in Human Capital than Full-timers?

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  • Annemarie Nelen
  • Andries de Grip

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We analyse whether lower investments in human capital of part-time workers are due to workers' characteristics or human resource practices of the firm. We focus on investments in both formal training and informal learning. Using the Dutch Life-Long-Learning Survey 2007, we find that part-time workers have different determinants for formal training and informal learning from full-time workers. The latter benefit from firms' human resource practices such as performance interviews, personal development plans, and feedback. Part-time workers can only partly compensate the lack of firm support when they have a high learning motivation and imagination of their future development. Copyright 2009 CEIS, Fondazione Giacomo Brodolini and Blackwell Publishing Ltd..

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Article provided by CEIS in its journal LABOUR.

Volume (Year): 23 (2009)
Issue (Month): s1 (03)
Pages: 61-83

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Handle: RePEc:bla:labour:v:23:y:2009:i:s1:p:61-83

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