Does Part-Time Mean Part-Satisfaction?

Part of the AIEL Series in Labour Economics book series (AIEL)


The increase in part-time jobs has characterized many European countries in recent decades. This trend is mainly explained by the evolution of the regulation of labour markets. Countries have promoted various forms of labour flexibility, both with specific legislation and through deregulation and increase in the parties’ autonomy. The principal purpose of rendering the labour market more flexible has been to respond to new organizational needs and competitive pressures. On the other hand, flexible employment has the advantage of developing new job opportunities and reducing the level of unemployment. Moreover, the tendency to use part-time contracts is increasingly explained by changes in the demand and supply of labour.


Labour Market Psychological Contract Employment Relationship Procedural Fairness Married People 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of EconomicsUniversity of TrentoTrentoItaly

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