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Longitudinal Study: HILDA
Title: Does Part-Time Employment Help or Hinder Lone Mothers' Movements into Full-Time Employment?
Authors: Wilkins, R 
Jeon, S 
Fok, Y.K.
Institution: Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research
Publication Date: Apr-2013
Pages: 523-547
Abstract: In common with many developed countries, Australia has experienced substantial growth in the number of lone parent families, leading to considerable policy focus on reducing welfare dependence among lone parents. A key issue that arises in pursuing this policy goal is whether, in the context of a welfare system that accommodates the combining of part-time employment with welfare receipt, part-time employment helps or hinders progression to full-time employment. We investigate this issue using panel data on single mothers, estimating dynamic random effects multinomial logit models of labour force status that distinguish part-time employment, allowing investigation of whether part-time work represents a ‘stepping-stone’ to full-time employment. Evidence in support of the stepping stone hypothesis is found. Part-time employment on average increases the next-year full-time employment probability by five percentage points. No evidence is found that this stepping stone function varies by number of children or age of the youngest child.
DOI: 10.1093/oep/gps035
ISBN: ISSN 1328-4991 (Print) ISSN 1447-5863 (Online) ISBN 978-0-7340-3320-8
Research collection: Journal Articles
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