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Hanging in, but only just. Part-time employment and in-work poverty throughout the crisis

Jeroen Horemans, Ive Marx and Brian Nolan ()

No 1503, Working Papers from Herman Deleeck Centre for Social Policy, University of Antwerp

Abstract: The crisis has deepened pre-existing concerns regarding low wage and non-standard employment. Countries where unemployment increased most strongly during the crisis period also saw part-time employment increasing, particularly involuntary part-time work. With involuntary part-time workers, as a particular group of underemployed, facing especially high poverty rates, this was accompanied by an increase, on average, in the poverty risk associated with working part-time. However, this was not reflected in a marked increase in the overall in-work poverty rate because full-time work remains dominant and its poverty risk did not change markedly. The household context is of the essence when considering policy implications.

Keywords: In-work poverty; part-time employment; involuntary part-time employment; crisis; Europe (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I32 I38 J21 J22 J68 R28 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2015-10
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