The Effect of Interruptions and Part-Time Work on Women's Wage Rate: a Test of the Varaiable-Intensity Model

L.F.M. Groot*, J.J. Schippers, J.J. Siegers

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In this article we investigated the effects of interruptions of labour market participation and part-time work on women's gross wage rates, using the variable-intensity model. Women who interrupt their labour market careers suffer not only from depreciation, which effects all workers. Every year they do not participate they also miss experience. Part-time work mitigates the depreciation of human capital compared to a situation of non-participation. The expectation that part-time work — as opposed to full-time work — leads in the long run to a lower wage rate is confirmed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)220-238
Number of pages19
JournalDe Economist
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1988

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