Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

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Copenhagen Business School, Department of Economics

No 9-2018: The Ins and Outs of Involuntary Part-time Employment

Daniel Borowczyk-Martins () and Etienne Lalé ()
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Daniel Borowczyk-Martins: Department of Economics, Copenhagen Business School, Postal: Copenhagen Business School, Department of Economics, Porcelaenshaven 16 A. 1. floor, DK-2000 Frederiksberg, Denmark

Abstract: We develop an adjustment procedure to construct U.S. monthly time series of involuntary part-time employment stocks and flows from 1976 until today. Armed with these new data, we provide a comprehensive account of the dynamics of involuntary part-time work. Transitions from full-time to involuntary part-time employment dominate this dynamics, spiking up at recessions' onsets and persisting well into recovery periods. On the other hand, weaknesses in job creation contribute little to these fluctuations. Our data and findings are relevant to inform a broader assessment of labor market performance and to develop models of cyclical labor adjustment.

Keywords: Involuntary part-time employment; Unemployment; Labor market flows; Business cycles

JEL-codes: E24; E32; J21

21 pages, August 1, 2018

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