Part-Time Work in EU Countries: Labour Market Mobility, Entry and Exit

47 Pages Posted: 19 Apr 2005

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Hielke Buddelmeyer

Melbourne Institute; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Gilles Mourre

European Union - European Commission

Melanie E. Ward-Warmedinger

European Central Bank (ECB); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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Date Written: April 2005

Abstract

This paper looks at the role of part-time work in labour mobility for 11 European countries. We find some evidence of part-time work being used as a stepping stone into full-time employment, but for a small proportion of individuals (less than 5%). Part-time jobs are also found to be more frequently taken up as a means to enter the labour market than to leave it. Multinomial logit regression of the determinants of part-time work reveals household composition, past labour market history and country of residence as very important for both men and women in their decision to work part time. Random effects regression controlling for individual heterogeneity, and the comparison of results for Europe and the US, reveals that a significantly higher proportion of female workers in Europe prefer inactivity and a significantly lower percentage prefer full-time, over part-time employment, than in the US, with considerable variation across EU countries.

Keywords: labour market mobility and flexibility, labour supply, full-time and part-time employment, unemployment, non-employment, gender, stepping stones, labour market entry and exit

JEL Classification: J21, J22, J16, J60

Suggested Citation

Buddelmeyer, Hielke and Mourre, Gilles and Ward-Warmedinger, Melanie E., Part-Time Work in EU Countries: Labour Market Mobility, Entry and Exit (April 2005). IZA Discussion Paper No. 1550. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=702801

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