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Dualisation of Part-Time WorkThe Development of Labour Market Insiders and Outsiders$
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Heidi Nicolaisen, Hanne Kavli, and Ragnhild Steen Jensen

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781447348603

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447348603.001.0001

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The interplay of welfare state policies with supply- and demand-side factors in the production of marginalised part-time employment among women in Germany

The interplay of welfare state policies with supply- and demand-side factors in the production of marginalised part-time employment among women in Germany

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(p.245) 10 The interplay of welfare state policies with supply- and demand-side factors in the production of marginalised part-time employment among women in Germany
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Dualisation of Part-Time Work
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Birgit Pfau-Effinger

Thordis Reimer

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447348603.003.0010

In the early 2000s, Germany's Red-Green government introduced a new type of marginal employment in the form of 'Minijob' legislation. In the context of the dualisation strategy of the German welfare state, Minijob legislation has supported firms in extending the secondary segment of marginal jobs. However, Minijobs are associated with particularly low social security and high poverty risks, and these positions are primarily staffed by women. Therefore, the extension of the Minijob system has contributed to the persistence of traditional structures of gender inequality. This empirical study examines how demand and supply side factors interact with welfare state institutions and politics in the production of marginal employment of women in part-time jobs. Using data from the German Socio-Economic Panel, we used logistic regression to analyse women's risk of working in Minijobs based on family, educational, biographical and workplace characteristics. The research results identify both supply side and demand side factors as being significant in shaping a situation whereby married women with small children and lower levels of education who work in small, non-public firms are particularly exposed to the risks of marginal employment in Minijobs.

Keywords:   Minijob, welfare state, dualisation, part-time work, culture, gender inequality, employment behaviour

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