Job Satisfaction And Family Happiness

The Part-Time Work Problem

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

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Abstract

Using fixed effects ordered logit estimation, we investigate the relationship between part-time work and working hours satisfaction; job satisfaction; and life satisfaction. We account for interdependence within the family using data on partnered men and women from the British Household Panel Survey. We find that men have the highest hours-of-work satisfaction if they work full-time without overtime hours but neither their job satisfaction nor their life satisfaction are affected by how many hours they work. Life satisfaction is influenced only by whether or not they have a job. For women we are confronted with a puzzle. Hours satisfaction and job satisfaction indicate that women prefer part-time jobs irrespective of whether these are small or large. In contrast, female life satisfaction is virtually unaffected by hours of work. Women without children do not care about their hours of work at all, while women with children are significantly happier if they have a job regardless of how many hours it entails.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationTilburg
PublisherMicroeconomics
Number of pages36
Volume2007-69
Publication statusPublished - 2007

Publication series

NameCentER Discussion Paper
Volume2007-69

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Happiness
Job satisfaction
Life satisfaction
Hours of work
Work hours
Interdependence
British Household Panel Survey
Overtime
Work satisfaction
Fixed effects
Working hours
Ordered logit

Keywords

  • part-time work
  • happiness
  • satisfaction
  • working hours
  • gender

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Booth, A. L., & van Ours, J. C. (2007). Job Satisfaction And Family Happiness: The Part-Time Work Problem. (CentER Discussion Paper; Vol. 2007-69). Tilburg: Microeconomics.
Booth, A.L. ; van Ours, J.C. / Job Satisfaction And Family Happiness : The Part-Time Work Problem. Tilburg : Microeconomics, 2007. (CentER Discussion Paper).
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Booth, AL & van Ours, JC 2007 'Job Satisfaction And Family Happiness: The Part-Time Work Problem' CentER Discussion Paper, vol. 2007-69, Microeconomics, Tilburg.

Job Satisfaction And Family Happiness : The Part-Time Work Problem. / Booth, A.L.; van Ours, J.C.

Tilburg : Microeconomics, 2007. (CentER Discussion Paper; Vol. 2007-69).

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