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Why Do Part-time Workers Invest Less in Human Capital than Full-timers?

Annemarie Künn-Nelen () and Andries de Grip ()

LABOUR, 2009, vol. 23, issue s1, 61-83

Abstract: We analyse whether lower investments in human capital of part-time workers are due to workers' characteristics or human resource practices of the firm. We focus on investments in both formal training and informal learning. Using the Dutch Life-Long-Learning Survey 2007, we find that part-time workers have different determinants for formal training and informal learning from full-time workers. The latter benefit from firms' human resource practices such as performance interviews, personal development plans, and feedback. Part-time workers can only partly compensate the lack of firm support when they have a high learning motivation and imagination of their future development. Copyright 2009 CEIS, Fondazione Giacomo Brodolini and Blackwell Publishing Ltd..

Date: 2009
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