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Deltidsarbetslöshet och arbetslöshetsförsäkring i Sverige (Part-time unemployment and unemployment insurance in Sweden)

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  • Ek, Susanne

    () (Uppsala Center for Labor Studies)

  • Holmlund, Bertil

    () (Uppsala Center for Labor Studies)

Abstract

Conventional measures of unemployment do not capture all dimensions of joblessness. A case in point is underemployment among employed workers, also frequently referred to as parttime unemployment. Workers in this category are employed during a survey week but are unable to work as many hours as they wish. An ILO-resolution from 1998 defines underemployment as comprising persons in employment who (i) are willing to work additional hours, (ii) are available to work additional hours, and (iii) worked less than a threshold relating to working time. Underemployment accounts for a non-negligible fraction of the labor force in most countries, although it is typically somewhat lower in magnitude than the conventional measure of unemployment. By the end of 2009, part-time unemployment stood at almost 5 percent of the labor force in the OECD area.

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  • Ek, Susanne & Holmlund, Bertil, 2010. "Deltidsarbetslöshet och arbetslöshetsförsäkring i Sverige (Part-time unemployment and unemployment insurance in Sweden)," Working Paper Series, Center for Labor Studies 2010:15, Uppsala University, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:hhs:uulswp:2010_015
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    Keywords

    Unemployment; underemployment; part-time work; unemployment insurance;

    JEL classification:

    • J64 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Unemployment: Models, Duration, Incidence, and Job Search
    • J65 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Unemployment Insurance; Severance Pay; Plant Closings
    • J68 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Public Policy

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