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Part-time work and employer-provided training: boon to women and bane to men?

  • Uschi Backes-Gellner

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    (Department of Business Administration, University of Zurich)

  • Yvonne Oswald

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    (Department of Business Administration, University of Zurich)

  • Simone N. Tuor

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    (Department of Business Administration, University of Zurich)

Previous studies on employer-provided training have consistently shown a gap in training participation between part-time and full-time workers. This study examines whether the training disadvantage for part-time workers differs by gender. To capture the uncertainty in the firm’s training decision and to factor in heterogeneity among part-time workers, our analysis draws not only on human capital but also on statistical discrimination theory. Our empirical results indicate that gender plays a role in determining part-time/full-time training differences. Whereas for women working part-time or full-time makes only a minor difference, for men working part-time constitutes a serious disadvantage in access to employer-provided training. The results remain consistent among different subsamples.

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Paper provided by University of Zurich, Institute for Strategy and Business Economics (ISU) in its series Economics of Education Working Paper Series with number 0058.

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Length: 27 pages
Date of creation: Mar 2011
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Handle: RePEc:iso:educat:0058
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