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Part-time Work, Wages and Productivity: Evidence from Belgian Matched Panel Data

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  • Garnero, Andrea

    ()
    (Paris School of Economics)

  • Kampelmann, Stephan

    ()
    (Free University of Brussels)

  • Rycx, Francois

    ()
    (Free University of Brussels)

Abstract

The authors use matched employer-employee panel data on Belgian private-sector firms to estimate the relationship between wage/productivity differentials and the firm's labor composition in terms of part-time and sex. Findings suggest that the groups of women and part-timers generate employer rents, but also that the origin of these rents differs (relatively lower wages for women, relatively higher productivity for part-timers). Interactions between gender and part-time suggest that the positive productivity effect is driven by male part-timers working more than 25 hours, whereas the share of female part-timers is associated with wage penalties. The authors conclude that men and women differ with respect to motives for reducing working hours and the types of part-time jobs available to them: women often have to accommodate domestic constraints by downgrading to more flexible jobs, whereas male part-time work is frequently related to training and collectively negotiated hours reductions that do not affect hourly pay.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 7789.

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Length: 38 pages
Date of creation: Nov 2013
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Publication status: forthcoming in: Industrial and Labor Relations Review, 2014
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp7789

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Keywords: matched panel data; gender; part-time employment; productivity; wages; GMM;

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