Part-time wage-gap in Germany: Evidence across the wage distribution

Piret Tõnurist, D. Pavlopoulos

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This paper uses insights from labour-market segmentation theory to investigate the wage differences between part-time and full-time workers in Germany at different parts of the wage distribution. This is accomplished with the use of a quintile regression and panel data from the SOEP (1991-2008). To get more insight on the part-time wage-gap, we apply a counterfactual wage decomposition analysis. The results show that, in the lower end of the wage distribution, part-time workers receive lower returns for their labour market characteristics, indicating the segmentation of the labour market. In contrast, at the top of the wage distribution, the part-time wage gap is fully explained by the difference in the characteristics of part-timers and full-timers.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)124-147
JournalJournal of Income Distribution
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2013


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