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The Annual Employment Mix of Workers and Firms and the Part-time Earnings Gap in New Zealand

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  • Dean R. Hyslop


  • David C. Maré

    (MOTU Economic and Public Policy Research)

In this paper we document patterns of annual employment across jobs, workers and firms, and examine the relationship between these patterns and job-level earnings rates using data from Statistics New Zealand’s Linked Employer-Employee Database (LEED). First, we characterise workers’ annual employment along the intensive (or full-time, within month) and extensive (or full-year, across months) dimensions, and firms’ mix of full-time and full-year jobs. We use this characterisation to describe the nature of employment matching between workers and firms, and find that part-time workers are overrepresented in firms with a lot of part-time work. Second, we examine the relationship between the intensive and extensive margin characteristics of jobs and their earnings. Although there is a strong raw earnings penalty associated with part-time jobs, we estimate only a modest direct part-time impact on earnings after controlling for other worker and firm factors; and we estimate a part-year earnings premium.

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Article provided by Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre (BCEC), Curtin Business School in its journal Australian Journal of Labour Economics (AJLE).

Volume (Year): 13 (2010)
Issue (Month): 3 ()
Pages: 331-352

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Handle: RePEc:ozl:journl:v:13:y:2010:i:3:p:331-352
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