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


  • Uschi Backes-Gellner

    (Department of Business Administration, University of Zurich)

  • Yvonne Oswald

    (Department of Business Administration, University of Zurich)

  • Simone N. Tuor

    (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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  • Uschi Backes-Gellner & Yvonne Oswald & Simone N. Tuor, 2011. "Part-time work and employer-provided training: boon to women and bane to men?," Economics of Education Working Paper Series 0058, University of Zurich, Department of Business Administration (IBW).
  • Handle: RePEc:iso:educat:0058

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    1. Rosa Aisa & María A. Gonzalez-Alvarez & Gemma Larramona, 2016. "The Role of Gender in Further Training for Spanish Workers: Are Employers Making a Difference?," Feminist Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 22(3), pages 154-182, July.
    2. Kopp, Daniel, 2024. "Do Recruiters Penalize Men Who Prefer Low Hours? Evidence from Online Labor Market Data," IZA Discussion Papers 16845, Institute of Labor Economics (IZA).
    3. Burgard, Claudia, 2012. "Gender Differences in Further Training Participation – The Role of Individuals, Households and Firms," Ruhr Economic Papers 320, RWI - Leibniz-Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung, Ruhr-University Bochum, TU Dortmund University, University of Duisburg-Essen.
    4. Andrés J. Marchante Mera & Alejandro García Pozo & José Luis Sánchez Ollero, 2017. "Flexibilidad Laboral Y Productividad En El Sector De Alojamiento De Andalucia," Revista de Estudios Regionales, Universidades Públicas de Andalucía, vol. 1, pages 17-41.
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    6. Claudia Burgard, 2012. "Gender Differences in Further Training Participation – The Role of Individuals, Households and Firms," Ruhr Economic Papers 0320, Rheinisch-Westfälisches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Universität Dortmund, Universität Duisburg-Essen.

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    employer-provided trainnig; part-time;

    JEL classification:

    • I21 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Analysis of Education
    • J16 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of Gender; Non-labor Discrimination
    • M53 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Personnel Economics - - - Training

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