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The Part-Time Pay Penalty in a Segmented Labor Market

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  • Daniel Fernández-Kranz
  • Núria Rodríguez-Planas

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This paper is the first to examine the implications of switching to PT work for womens subsequent earnings trajectories, distinguishing by their type of contract: permanent or fixedterm. Using a rich longitudinal Spanish data set from Social Security records of over 76,000 prime-aged women strongly attached to the Spanish labor market, we find that PT work aggravates the segmentation of the labor market insofar there is a PT pay penalty and this penalty is larger and more persistent in the case of women with fixed-term contracts. The paper discusses problems arising in empirical estimation (including a problem not discussed in the literature up to now: the differential measurement error of the LHS variable by PT status), and how to address them. It concludes with policy implications relevant for Continental Europe and its dual structure of employment protection.

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Paper provided by Barcelona Graduate School of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 458.

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Keywords: Fixed-term and permanent contract; hourly wage levels and growth; prime-aged women; fixed-effects estimator; differential measurement error of LHS variable; underlying channels;

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  1. María Dolores Guilló Fuentes & Alfonsa Denia Cuesta, 2011. "Labour status and involuntary employment: family ties and part-time work in Spain," Working Papers. Serie AD 2011-11, Instituto Valenciano de Investigaciones Económicas, S.A. (Ivie).
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  4. Colella, Fabrizio, 2014. "Women's Part-Time - Full-Time Wage Differentials in Europe: an Endogenous Switching Model," MPRA Paper 55287, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  5. Schmid, Günther, 2010. "Non-Standard Employment and Labour Force Participation: A Comparative View of the Recent Development in Europe," IZA Discussion Papers 5087, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  6. Fernández-Kranz, Daniel & Paul, Marie & Rodríguez-Planas, Núria, 2011. "Part-Time Work, Fixed-Term Contracts, and the Returns to Experience," IZA Discussion Papers 5815, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).

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