Job Tasks, Computer Use, and the Decreasing Part-Time Pay Penalty for Women in the UK

33 Pages Posted: 5 Apr 2014

See all articles by Ahmed Elsayed

Ahmed Elsayed

Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA); ROA

Andries de Grip

Maastricht School of Business and Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Didier Fouarge

Maastricht University

Abstract

Using data from the UK Skills Surveys, we show that the part-time pay penalty for female workers within low- and medium-skilled occupations decreased significantly over the period 1997-2006. The convergence in computer use between part-time and full-time workers within these occupations explains a large share of the decrease in the part-time pay penalty. However, the lower part-time pay penalty is also related to lower wage returns to reading and writing which are performed more intensively by full-time workers. Conversely, the increasing returns to influencing has increased the part-time pay penalty despite the convergence in the influencing task input between part-time and full-time workers. The relative changes in the input and prices of computer use and job tasks together explain more than 50 percent of the decrease in the part-time pay penalty.

Keywords: part-time work, pay penalty, job tasks, computer use

JEL Classification: J24, J31

Suggested Citation

Elsayed, Ahmed and de Grip, Andries and Fouarge, Didier, Job Tasks, Computer Use, and the Decreasing Part-Time Pay Penalty for Women in the UK. IZA Discussion Paper No. 8069. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2420714

Ahmed Elsayed (Contact Author)

Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) ( email )

Schaumburg-Lippe-Strasse 5-9
Bonn, 53113
Germany

ROA ( email )

Schaumburg-Lippe-Strasse 5-9
Bonn, 53113
Germany

Andries De Grip

Maastricht School of Business and Economics ( email )

P. O. Box 616
Maastricht, NL 6200 MD
Netherlands

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany

Didier Fouarge

Maastricht University ( email )

P.O. Box 616
Maastricht, 6200MD
Netherlands

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