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Feature: The Price of Reconciliation: Part-Time Work, Families and Women's Satisfaction

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  • Mary Gregory
  • Sara Connolly

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While the gender pay gap has been narrowing for women in full-time jobs the pay penalty for the 40% of women who work part-time has risen, reflecting the growing polarisation of part-time jobs in low-wage occupations. A further dimension is that women often experience downgrading from higher-skill full-time into lower-skill part-time occupations. As women reorganise their working lives around the presence of children their reported hours and job satisfaction are highest in part-time work, but life-satisfaction is scarcely affected by hours of work. This Feature explores these issues and their challenge for economic efficiency as well as gender equity. Copyright 2008 The Author(s). Journal compilation Royal Economic Society 2008.

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Article provided by Royal Economic Society in its journal The Economic Journal.

Volume (Year): 118 (2008)
Issue (Month): 526 (02)
Pages: F1-F7

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Handle: RePEc:ecj:econjl:v:118:y:2008:i:526:p:f1-f7

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  1. Mario Lackner & Christine Zulehner, 2013. "Rent Sharing and Gender Discrimination in Collegiate Athletics," Economics working papers 2013-09, Department of Economics, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria.
  2. Tomás Rau Binder, 2008. "Trabajo a tiempo parcial: análisis del caso chileno," Working Papers wp288, University of Chile, Department of Economics.
  3. Florencia Lopez Boo & Lucia Madrigal & Carmen Pages, 2009. "Part-Time Work, Gender and Job Satisfaction: Evidence from a Developing Country," Research Department Publications 4604, Inter-American Development Bank, Research Department.
  4. Blázquez, Maite & Moral Carcedo, Julian, 2008. "Maternity and working life: reconsidering the effectiveness of part-time employment," Working Papers in Economic Theory 2008/07, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Spain), Department of Economic Analysis (Economic Theory and Economic History).
  5. Vanessa Gash & Antje Mertens & Laura Romeu Gordo, 2010. "Women between Part-Time and Full-Time Work: The Influence of Changing Hours of Work on Happiness and Life-Satisfaction," SOEPpapers on Multidisciplinary Panel Data Research 268, DIW Berlin, The German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP).
  6. Bosch, Nicole & Deelen, Anja & Euwals, Rob, 2008. "Is Part-time Employment Here To Stay? Evidence from the Dutch Labour Force Survey 1992–2005," IZA Discussion Papers 3367, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  7. Mary Gregory & Sara Connolly, 2007. "Dual Tracks: Part-time Work in Life-Cycle Employment for British Women," Economics Series Working Papers 301, University of Oxford, Department of Economics.

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