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Part-Time Work in the Nordic Region

Part-time work, gender and economic distribution in the Nordic countries

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Gender equality in the labour market is a key topic in the Nordic cooperation on gender equality. The Nordic Council of Ministers has asked NIKK, Nordic Information on Gender, to coordinate the project Part-Time Work in the Nordic Region. The aim of the project is to shed light on and analyse part-time work in the Nordic region, develop reports and arrange conferences. During the Swedish presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers in 2013, the project identified how part-time work affects the economic resources of women and men. This first report presents statistics on full- and part-time work and compares the effects of part-time work on pensions in the Nordic countries. Marianne Sundström, professor of labour economics at Stockholm University, and Alma Lanninger Wennemo, Master’s student at Stockholm University, wrote the report on a request by NIKK.

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Preface, About the authors and acknowledgements

Gender equality in the labour market is a key topic in the Nordic cooperation on gender equality 2011–2014. One important challenge is to reduce the gender divide in the labour market and thus reduce the income differences between women and men. Another challenge is that parttime work is more common among women than men. This affects both the economic opportunities of women and men at the individual level and the gender equality in the labour market.

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