Is Part-Time Employment Beneficial for Firm Productivity?
AbstractThis paper analyzes whether part-time employment is beneficial for firm productivity in the service sector. Using a unique dataset on the Dutch pharmacy sector that includes the work hours of all employees and a “hard” physical measure of firm productivity, we estimate a production function including heterogeneous employment shares based on work hours. We find that a larger part-time employment share leads to greater firm productivity. Additional data on the timing of labor demand show that part-time employment enables firms to allocate labor more efficiently. First, firms with part-time workers can bridge the gap between opening hours and a full-time work week. Second, we find that during opening hours part-time workers are scheduled differently than full-timers. For example, we find that part-time workers enable their full-time colleagues to take lunch breaks so that the firm can remain open during these times.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 5423.
Length: 37 pages
Date of creation: Jan 2011
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Publication status: published in: Industrial and Labor Relations Review, 2013, 66 (5), 1172-1191
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Other versions of this item:
- Annemarie K¸nn-Nelen & Andries De Grip & Didier Fouarge, 2013. "Is Part-Time Employment Beneficial for Firm Productivity?," Industrial and Labor Relations Review, ILR Review, Cornell University, ILR School, vol. 66(5), pages 1172-1191, October.
- Nelen Annemarie & Grip Andries de & Fouarge Didier, 2011. "Is part-time employment beneficial for firm productivity?," Research Memoranda 007, Maastricht : METEOR, Maastricht Research School of Economics of Technology and Organization.
- Nelen Annemarie & Grip Andries de & Fouarge Didier, 2011. "Is Part-Time Employment Beneficial for Firm Productivity?," Research Memoranda 002, Maastricht : ROA, Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market.
- J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
- L23 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Organization of Production
- L25 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Firm Performance
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-ALL-2011-01-23 (All new papers)
- NEP-BEC-2011-01-23 (Business Economics)
- NEP-EFF-2011-01-23 (Efficiency & Productivity)
- NEP-HRM-2011-01-23 (Human Capital & Human Resource Management)
- NEP-LAB-2011-01-23 (Labour Economics)
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