Gender and the Effect of Working Hours on Firm-Sponsored Training

Matteo Picchio, Jan van Ours

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Using employees’ longitudinal data, we study the effect of working hours on the
propensity of firms to sponsor training of their employees. We show that, whereas male part-time workers are less likely to receive training than male full-timers, parttime working women are as likely to receive training as full-time working women. Although we cannot rule out gender-working time specific monopsony power, we speculate that the gender-specific effect of working hours on training has to do with gender-specific stereotyping. In the Netherlands, for women it is common to work part-time. More than half of the prime age female employees work part-time. Therefore, because of social norms, men working part-time could send a different signal to their employer than women working part-time. This might generate a different propensity of firms to sponsor training of male part-timers than female part-timers.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationTilburg
PublisherCentER, Center for Economic Research
Number of pages37
Publication statusPublished - 3 Nov 2015

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  • part-time employment
  • working hours
  • firm-sponsored training
  • gender
  • human capital


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