Working Paper Series, Uppsala Center for Labor Studies, Department of Economics, Uppsala University
Deltidsarbetslöshet och arbetslöshetsförsäkring i Sverige (Part-time unemployment and unemployment insurance in Sweden)
() and Bertil Holmlund
Abstract: Conventional measures of unemployment do not capture all
dimensions of joblessness. A case in point is underemployment among
employed workers, also frequently referred to as parttime unemployment.
Workers in this category are employed during a survey week but are unable
to work as many hours as they wish. An ILO-resolution from 1998 defines
underemployment as comprising persons in employment who (i) are willing to
work additional hours, (ii) are available to work additional hours, and
(iii) worked less than a threshold relating to working time.
Underemployment accounts for a non-negligible fraction of the labor force
in most countries, although it is typically somewhat lower in magnitude
than the conventional measure of unemployment. By the end of 2009,
part-time unemployment stood at almost 5 percent of the labor force in the
Keywords: Unemployment; underemployment; part-time work; unemployment insurance; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: J64; J65; J68; (follow links to similar papers)
78 pages, September 29, 2010
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