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Working Part-Time in The British, German and Dutch Labour Market: Scarring for the Wage Career?


  • Didier Fouarge
  • Ruud Muffels


The paper studies the long-term effect of part-time employment on the wage career using panel data for three countries. The main idea is to study the possible ‘scarring’ effects of part-time employment on future hourly wages up to ten years later in the career. Fixed effects panel wage regressions show the existence of a part-time wage penalty for females in all three countries and for males in the UK. Longer durations of part-time result in stronger negative wage effects. In the UK, a negative effect of past part-time employment is also found to persist even after a lasting transition to a full-time job. The fact that the effect of part-time on wage is larger in the UK suggests that wage penalties, contrary to what could be expected, are smaller in regulated labour markets with a specific skills regime.

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  • Didier Fouarge & Ruud Muffels, 2009. "Working Part-Time in The British, German and Dutch Labour Market: Scarring for the Wage Career?," Schmollers Jahrbuch : Journal of Applied Social Science Studies / Zeitschrift für Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaften, Duncker & Humblot, Berlin, vol. 129(2), pages 217-226.
  • Handle: RePEc:aeq:aeqsjb:v129_y2009_i1_q1_p217-226

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    1. Christina Klenner & Tanja Schmidt, 2012. "Minijobs - eine riskante Beschäftigungsform beim normativen Übergang zum 'Adult-Worker-Model'," SOEPpapers on Multidisciplinary Panel Data Research 436, DIW Berlin, The German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP).

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    JEL classification:

    • J31 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Wage Level and Structure; Wage Differentials
    • J62 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Job, Occupational and Intergenerational Mobility; Promotion
    • J22 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Time Allocation and Labor Supply
    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity


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