Back-to-Front Down Under? Part-Time/Full-Time Wage Differentials in Australia

22 Pages Posted: 6 Jan 2008

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Alison L. Booth

Australian National University (ANU) - Research School of Social Sciences (RSSS); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Margi Wood

Australian National University (ANU) - Faculty of Economics & Commerce

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Abstract

We investigate part-time full-time hourly wage gaps using panel data from the first four waves of the new Household, Income and Labor Dynamics in Australia Survey. We find that, once unobserved individual heterogeneity has been taken into account, part-time men and women typically earn an hourly pay premium. This premium varies with casual employment status, but is always positive. We advance some hypotheses as to why there is a part-time pay advantage in Australia.

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Booth, Alison L. and Wood, Margi, Back-to-Front Down Under? Part-Time/Full-Time Wage Differentials in Australia. Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society, Vol. 47, Issue 1, pp. 114-135, January 2008. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1080977 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-232X.2008.00507.x

Alison L. Booth (Contact Author)

Australian National University (ANU) - Research School of Social Sciences (RSSS) ( email )

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Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

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IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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Margi Wood

Australian National University (ANU) - Faculty of Economics & Commerce ( email )

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601
Australia

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