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Are Part-Time Workers poor?

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  • Joan R. Rodgers


    (University of Wollongong)

The proportion of Australian workers who are employed on a part-time basis has almost trebled in the last thirty years to reach its current level of 28 per cent. Part-time work is one type of ‘non-standard’ employment that is viewed with concern for it is alleged that part-time jobs provide a low standard of living for those employed in them. This paper focuses upon an extreme version of that concern: the incidence of poverty among part-time workers. Unit-record data are used to compare the poverty rates of part-time workers with those of full-time workers, the unemployed and people not in the labour force. The incidence of poverty among part-time workers is found to be a little lower than that of the entire adult population. The major reason for the relatively modest poverty rate of part-time workers is that a large proportion of them live in families with a full-time worker.

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

Volume (Year): 6 (2003)
Issue (Month): 1 (March)
Pages: 177-193

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Handle: RePEc:ozl:journl:v:6:y:2003:i:1:p:177-193
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