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Moving down: women's part-time work and occupational change in Britain 1991-2001

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Publication date

2008

Abstract

We give a quantitative analysis of the nature of occupational change - based on the utilisation 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 underutilisation of the skills of many of the women who work part-time.

Published in

Economic Journal

Volume

118 (526):F52-F76

DOI

http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-0297.2007.02116.x

Subjects

Labour Market and Labour Economics

Links

http://serlib0.essex.ac.uk/search?/seconomic+journal/seconomic+journal/1%2C2%2C3%2CB/exact&FF=seconomic+journal&1%2C2%2C/indexsort=-

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