February 21, 2008

Is part-time employment here to stay? Evidence from the Dutch Labour Force Survey 1992-2005

Jongere generaties vrouwen kiezen voor deeltijd

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Het kabinet wil mensen met een kleine deeltijdbaan stimuleren meer uren te gaan werken. Het gaat hierbij vooral om vrouwen. De participatie van vrouwen op de arbeidsmarkt is de afgelopen decennia fors gestegen, maar de gemiddelde baanomvang van werkende vrouwen is vanaf het begin van de jaren negentig nauwelijks veranderd.

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To balance work and family responsibilities, the Netherlands have chosen a rather unique model that combines a high female employment rate with a high part-time employment rate. The model is likely to be the result of (societal) preferences as the removal of institutional barriers, like lower marginal tax rates for partners and better childcare facilities, has not led to more working hours. It is, however, an open question whether the model is here to stay or whether younger generations of women will choose full-time jobs in the near future.

We find evidence of an increasing propensity to work part-time over the successive generations, and a decreasing propensity to work full-time for the generations born after the early 1950s. Our results are in line with results of studies on social norms and attitudes as they find a similar pattern over the successive generations. It therefore seems likely that without changes in (societal) preferences the part-time employment model is indeed here to stay for some more time.


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