Hours of Work and Gender Identity: Does Part-time Work make the Family Happier?

A.L. Booth, J.C. van Ours

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Abstract

Taking into account inter-dependence within the family, we investigate the relationship between part-time work and happiness.We use panel data from the new Household, Income and Labor Dynamics in Australia Survey.Our analysis indicates that part-time women are more satisfied with working hours than full-time women. Partnered women's life satisfaction is increased if their partners work full-time.Male partners' life satisfaction is unaffected by their partners' market hours but is increased if they themselves are working full-time.This finding is consistent with the gender identity hypothesis of Akerlof and Kranton (2000).
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationTilburg
PublisherMacroeconomics
Number of pages48
Volume2006-2
Publication statusPublished - 2006

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NameCentER Discussion Paper
Volume2006-2

Keywords

  • parttime workers
  • gender differences
  • happiness
  • gender identity

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    Booth, A. L., & van Ours, J. C. (2006). Hours of Work and Gender Identity: Does Part-time Work make the Family Happier? (CentER Discussion Paper; Vol. 2006-2). Macroeconomics.