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Divergence in Part‐Time Work in New Zealand, the Netherlands and Denmark


  • Erling Rasmussen
  • Jens Lind
  • Jelle Visser


A comparison of developments in part‐time work in New Zealand, the Netherlands and Denmark shows three very different trends. The Dutch are moving towards a ‘part‐time economy’, the decline in Danish part‐time employment confounds the common expectation of rising atypical employment, while the New Zealand case illustrates some of the negative employment outcomes often associated with part‐time employment and provides a contrast to the negotiated, tripartite solutions found in the Netherlands and Denmark. Overall, the diversity in part‐time work patterns raises important theoretical and public policy questions, such as the interaction between institutional and preference changes, gender patterns and union strategies.

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  • Erling Rasmussen & Jens Lind & Jelle Visser, 2004. "Divergence in Part‐Time Work in New Zealand, the Netherlands and Denmark," British Journal of Industrial Relations, London School of Economics, vol. 42(4), pages 637-658, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:brjirl:v:42:y:2004:i:4:p:637-658
    DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-8543.2004.00334.x

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