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April 1995

Women’s part-time employment: A gross flows analysis

Donald R. Williams

A decline in women's part-time employment since the early 1980's is due chiefly to women having become more likely to move from part-time to full-time employment and less likely to leave full-time employment once they get there. This article attempts to shed some light on the reasons for the decline by examining gender differences in the levels of and trends in part-time employment in a dynamic context. In particular, it focuses on the transitions, or flows, among labor market states.

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