How Damaging is Part-Time Employment to a Woman's Occupational Prospects?

31 Pages Posted: 20 Jul 2005

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Victoria L. Prowse

Purdue University - Department of Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics; German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin)

Date Written: July 2005

Abstract

This paper investigates the causes of the well documented association between part-time employment and low occupational attainment amongst British women. In particular, the relative importance of structural factors and unobserved heterogeneity to the occupational attainment of women who choose to work part-time is investigated. The results indicate that there are significant structural impediments to women in part-time employment obtaining their true occupational potential. However, structural factors explain only part of the relatively low occupational attainment of women in part-time employment: differences in unobserved characteristics between part-time and full-time workers also contribute to the low occupational attainment of women in part-time employment.

Keywords: dynamic labor supply, heterogeneity, occupational attainment, part-time employment

JEL Classification: C15, C35, C23, J62

Suggested Citation

Prowse, Victoria L., How Damaging is Part-Time Employment to a Woman's Occupational Prospects? (July 2005). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=757107 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.757107

Victoria L. Prowse (Contact Author)

Purdue University - Department of Economics ( email )

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IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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Germany

German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin) ( email )

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