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The Gender Gap in Involuntary Part-time Employment: The Case of Spain


  • Alfonsa Denia
  • María Dolores Guillú


The high incidence of non-desired part-time jobs and temporary contracts after the Great Recession has become one of the most im- portant drivers of the outstanding rise in income inequality in Spain during the last decade. We explore the determinants of involuntary part-time work in Spain over the period 2006-2014 and find that gender has a large, significant and robust positive e§ect on having that employment status, even after controlling for the type and duration of contracts, type of activity or occupation. A female worker is about 7.4 - 8.3 percent more likely to have a non-desired part-time job than a male worker with the same characteristics. Moreover, working in the Public Administration or having a temporary contract increases this probability over 10 percentage points. The results highlight the per-sistent precauriousness of the employment recovery in Spain and the need of a careful reáection on the next labor market reform.

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  • Alfonsa Denia & María Dolores Guillú, 2020. "The Gender Gap in Involuntary Part-time Employment: The Case of Spain," Studies on the Spanish Economy eee2020-17, FEDEA.
  • Handle: RePEc:fda:fdaeee:eee2020-17

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