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Part-time employment, the gender wage gap and the role of wage-setting institutions

11.01.2018 / Created by (EMWF)

This article examines the extent to which the overrepresentation of women in part-time jobs can explain the gender gap in hourly earnings in eleven European countries. It also investigates the extent to which some wage-setting institutions are correlated with the overall gender wage gap and the female part-time wage gap. Using EU-SILC 2009 data, a double decomposition of the gender wage gap is implemented: between men and women employed full-time and between full-time and part-time working women. Results show that the wage penalty of women employed part-time occurs mainly through vertical (and horizontal) segregation of part-time jobs. The gender pay gap between full-time workers remains mostly unexplained. At the macro level, the gender wage gap tends to be higher in countries where part-time employment is more widespread.


  • Type of publication : Article
  • Author : Eleonora Matteazzi, A. Pailhé, A. Solaz
  • Publishing house : French National Institute for Demographic Studies
  • Publication date : 2017
  • Number of pages : 38
  • Language : English


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