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The Incidence of Visible Underemployment: Evidence for Trinidad and Tobago


  • Holger Gorg
  • Eric Strobl


This article presents an empirical analysis of the incidence of visible underemployment in Trinidad and Tobago. Visible underemployment consists of workers who work less than the normal duration of working hours but are willing and available to work more. We find that compared to other groups of the labour force the visibly underemployed tend to be less educated and are more likely to work in the private sector. We also find that their revealed behaviour is consistent with their desire for more hours. Only about 50 per cent of the visibly underemployed are able to find full-time employment within three months and little except firm size helps predict who will.

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  • Holger Gorg & Eric Strobl, 2003. "The Incidence of Visible Underemployment: Evidence for Trinidad and Tobago," Journal of Development Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 39(3), pages 81-100.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:jdevst:v:39:y:2003:i:3:p:81-100
    DOI: 10.1080/00220380412331322831

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    1. Vlad I. RO?CA & Oana-Lorena ?EPOSU, 2018. "The Influence of Education on Subjective Underemployment: Research on Multinational Corporations in Romania," REVISTA DE MANAGEMENT COMPARAT INTERNATIONAL/REVIEW OF INTERNATIONAL COMPARATIVE MANAGEMENT, Faculty of Management, Academy of Economic Studies, Bucharest, Romania, vol. 19(4), pages 328-340, October.
    2. Blagica Petreski & Jorge Davalos & Ivan Vchkov & Despina Tumanoska & Tereza Kochovska, 2019. "Analysis of youth underemployment in North Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia," Finance Think Policy Studies 2019-03/22, Finance Think - Economic Research and Policy Institute.


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