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Part-time work and women’s careers: A decomposition of the gender promotion gap

SPS Seminar
27 March 2018, h. 13.00

Speaker: Nick Deschacht, Faculty of Economics and Business (FEB), KU Leuven
Introduction: Camilla Gaiaschi (Università degli Studi di Milano)
Discussant: Gabriele Ballarino (Università degli Studi di Milano)

SPS Seminar Room  (Room 215, II floor, via Passione side)
Dipartimento di Scienze sociali e politiche
Via Conservatorio 7, Milano

This paper studies the effect of working hours on vertical sex segregation using Belgian micro-data on promotions. Using Yun decompositions we find that more than 40 percent of the promotion gaps between men and women can be explained by gender differences in contract hours, overtime hours and occasional late work. The fact that women often work in sectors that offer less promotion possibilities is another important factor. The presence of children strongly affects the promotion chances of female employees, but not those of the male employees in our sample. This evidence supports theories that relate the availability of part-time work to the degree of vertical segregation in countries.




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