Mobilizing unutilised labour reserves: the role of part-time work and extended employment interruptions

Norwegian women have a high employment level, but at the same time one of the highest part-time rates in Europe as well as in the Nordic countries, and part-time is common among women at all stages of the life cycle. At the same time a substantial proportion is absent from work due to childbirth and child-care. This project will explore the potential labour supply reserve among these groups, distinguishing barriers that may prevent and measures that may promote increased labour supply.

Project details

Project manager
Ragni Hege Kitterød
Project term
01.01.2008 - 31.12.2011
Project status
Research field

About the Project

The project has the following sub-goals: To identify circumstances that make women satisfied with full-time work, to explore to what extent women transfer from part-time to full-time work, to establish whether more market work for the woman presupposes less market work for her partner, and to investigate which factors promote and which factors prevent an increase in female labour supply more generally, and particularly among part timers and mothers who have extended employment interruptions.