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The effects of part-time work on women’s occupational mobility in Britain: : Evidence from the 1958 Birth Cohort Study

Dex, Shirley and Bukodi, Erzsébet (2012) The effects of part-time work on women’s occupational mobility in Britain: : Evidence from the 1958 Birth Cohort Study. National Institute Economic Review, 222 (1). pp. 1-13. ISSN 0027-9501. DOI UNSPECIFIED (In Press)

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Abstract

This paper aims to examine the effects of working part time on the occupational mobility of British women who were born in 1958. Large-scale nationally representative longitudinal data from the National Child Development Study provided information on women’s occupational careers between the ages of 16 and 46. Occupations were ranked based on the occupation’s hourly average earnings of full-time workers. Our analyses show a very strong link between full-time/part-time transitions and the incidence of downward and upward occupational mobility over women’s life-course. The probabilities of occupational mobility were affected by women’s personal traits, the supply-side factors, and by occupational characteristics. Demand-side factors has an even more pronounced influence. The most frequent victims of downward mobility on moving from full-time to part-time work were women at the top levels of the occupational hierarchy who worked in male-dominated or mixed occupations. However, at higher occupational levels, the incidence of downward mobility was less if there were more part-time jobs available in the occupational group.

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Divisions: IOE Departments > Departments > Thomas Coram Research Unit
Depositing User: Atira Pure
Date Deposited: 01 Jun 2013 01:56
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