CPB Policy seminar "How normal is part-time work in the Netherlands?"
On Thursday 26 April 2012 Theo Sparreboom (ILO) will present "How normal is part-time work in the Netherlands?"
Time: 13.00-14.00 hours
Location: CPB-office, Van Stolkweg 14, The Hague
Presentation: Theo Sparreboom (ILO)
Discussant: Rob Euwals (CPB)
Registration: Please register by sending an email to email@example.com.
Abstract subject: The high incidence of part-time work in the Netherlands suggests that part-time work has to an important extent been ‘normalized’ in the Dutch labour market, and possibly more so than in other countries. This paper empirically assesses part-time work in the Netherlands and examines how similar part-time work has become to full-time work. Consistent with the high part-time employment rates and structural/institutional factors driving these rates we find that part-time employment is widespread in the Netherlands in terms of sectors and occupations, and male part-time work is not the exclusive domain of younger or older workers. We introduce an index of dissimilarity (ID) to assess part-time work in terms of sectoral and occupational distributions, and find that segregation between part-time and full-time employment is limited, at lower levels than segregation by sex. If Dutch definitions of employment and part-time work are adopted instead of international definitions, the occupational IDs for both men and women are even lower. Segregation between part-time and full-time work for men and women in the Netherlands also appears low in comparison with Greece and the United Kingdom, if the high proportion of youth part-time workers in the Netherlands is taken into account. These results suggest that the ID can be useful to assess part-time employment, but the limitations of this indicator should be kept in mind.
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