Back-to-front down-under? Part-time/full-time wage differentials in Australia
|Collections||ANU Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)|
|Title:||Back-to-front down-under? Part-time/full-time wage differentials in Australia|
|Author(s):||Booth, Alison L|
|Publisher:||Canberra, ACT: Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR), The Australian National University|
|Series/Report no.:||Discussion Paper (Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR), The Australian National University): No. 482|
In 2003, part-time employment in Australia accounted for over 42% of the Australian female workforce, nearly 17% of the male workforce, and represented 28% of total employment. Of the OECD countries, only the Netherlands has a higher proportion of working women employed part-time and Australia tops the OECD league in terms of its proportion of working men who are part-time. In this paper we investigate part-time fulltime hourly wage gaps using important new panel data from the new Household Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia Survey. We find that the usual negative part-time wage penalty found in other countries is not found in Australia once unobserved individual heterogeneity has been taken into account. Instead, part-time men and women typically earn an hourly pay premium. This result survives our numerous robustness checks and we advance some hypotheses as to why there is a positive part-time pay premium.
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