Workers’ Lifestyle Choices, Working Time and Job Attributes

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


The Netherlands has been dubbed “the only part-time economy”. This expression reflects the popularity of part-time jobs in the country, particularly among working women. The beginning of the boom in Dutch part-time work can be traced back to the tripartite agreement of 1982 (the Wassenaar agreement), which dealt with issues concerning working-time reduction. Legislation that converted the option to work part-time into what was essentially a workers’ right was enacted during the 1990s. Since then, the incidence of part-time employment has been on the rise.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.CEDEFOPFinikas (Thessaloniki)Greece
  2. 2.Work and Organizational PsychologyUniversity of AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands

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