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The Definition of Part-Time Work for the Purpose of International Comparisons

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  • Alois van Bastelaer
  • Georges Lemaître
  • Pascal Marianna
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    National definitions of part-time work are based either on hours thresholds or on an assessment by the respondent of the nature of the job, or on a combination of both methods. This report compares the results obtained from the application of an hours-based definition to job of wage and salary workers with those based on the respondent’s self-assessment, and examines the international comparability of such estimates. In countries where part-time work (national definitions) is common, jobs of more than 30 usual hours per week that are classified as part-time are significant in number. These countries tend to use a definition based on a 35 usual hours threshold. In countries where part-time work (national definitions) is relatively less common, the incidence of jobs of less than 35 usual hours per week that are classified as full-time is high. Part-time jobs are generally identified on the basis of self-assessment in these countries. As a result of these findings a definition of ...

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    Paper provided by OECD Publishing in its series OECD Labour Market and Social Policy Occasional Papers with number 22.

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    Date of creation: 1997
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    Handle: RePEc:oec:elsaaa:22-en

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    1. Barrett, Alan & FitzGerald, John & Nolan, Brian, 2000. "Earnings Inequality, Returns to Education and Immigration into Ireland," IZA Discussion Papers 167, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
    2. Connolly, Sara & Gregory, Mary, 2007. "Part-time Employment Can Be a Life-time Setback for Earnings: A Study of British Women 1975–2001," IZA Discussion Papers 3101, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
    3. Schrader, Klaus, 2000. "Das niederländische Modell : ein Patentrezept für Vollbeschäftigung?," Open Access Publications from Kiel Institute for the World Economy, Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW) 2402, Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW).
    4. Esther Geisler & Michaela Kreyenfeld, 2005. "Müttererwerbstätigkeit in Ost- und Westdeutschland: eine Analyse mit den Mikrozensen 1991-2002," MPIDR Working Papers WP-2005-033, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany.
    5. Florencia López Bóo & Lucía Madrigal & Carmen Pagés-Serra, 2009. "Part-Time Work, Gender and Job Satisfaction: Evidence from a Developing Country," IDB Publications 4131, Inter-American Development Bank.
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