Moving Down: Women's Part-Time Work and Occupational Change in Britain 1991-2001

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Sara Connolly

University of East Anglia (UEA) - School of Economic and Social Studies

Mary Gregory

University of Oxford - Department of Economics

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Abstract

We give a quantitative analysis of the nature of occupational change based on the utilization of skills as women make the transition between full-time and part-time work. We show that one-quarter of women moving from full- to part-time work experience downgrading. Women remaining with their current employer are less vulnerable and the availability of part-time opportunities is far more important than the presence of a pre-school child in determining whether a woman moves to a lower-skilled occupation. These findings indicate a loss of economic efficiency through the underutilization of the skills of many of the women who work part-time.

Suggested Citation

Connolly, Sara and Gregory, Mary, Moving Down: Women's Part-Time Work and Occupational Change in Britain 1991-2001. Economic Journal, Vol. 118, Issue 526, pp. F52-F76, February 2008. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1085405 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-0297.2007.02116.x

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