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

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  • Andrea Garnero
  • Stephan Kampelmann
  • François Rycx

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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 ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles in its series Working Papers CEB with number 13-042.

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Length: 37 p.
Date of creation: 21 Nov 2013
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Keywords: Wages; productivity; part-time employment; gender; matched panel data; GMM;

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  1. Andrea Garnero & François Rycx, 2013. "The heterogeneous effects of workforce diversity on productivity, wages and profits," Working Papers CEB 13-015, ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles.

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