The Ins and Outs of Involuntary Part-Time Employment

22 Pages Posted: 24 Sep 2018

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Daniel Borowczyk-Martins

Copenhagen Business School

Etienne Lalé

University of Quebec at Montreal (UQAM) - Université du Québec à Montréal; CIRANO; IZA

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We develop an adjustment procedure to construct U.S. monthly time series of involuntary part-time employment stocks and flows from 1976 until today. Armed with these new data, we provide a comprehensive account of the dynamics of involuntary part-time work. Transitions from full-time to involuntary part-time employment dominate this dynamics, spiking up at recessions' onsets and persisting well into recovery periods. On the other hand, weaknesses in job creation contribute little to these fluctuations. Our data and findings are relevant to inform a broader assessment of labor market performance and to develop models of cyclical labor adjustment.

Keywords: involuntary part-time employment, unemployment, labor market flows, business cycles

JEL Classification: E24, E32, J21

Suggested Citation

Borowczyk-Martins, Daniel and Lalé, Etienne, The Ins and Outs of Involuntary Part-Time Employment. IZA Discussion Paper No. 11826. Available at SSRN:

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