Working Hours Flexibility and Older Workers' Labor Supply

A. C. Gielen

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This paper studies the presence of hours constraints on the UK labor market and its effect on older workers labor supply, both at the extensive and the intensive margin. Using panel data for the period 1991-2004, the results from a competing risks model show that over-employed male workers can freely reduce working hours with their current employer prior to full retirement. However, some over-employed women are observed to leave the labor market early due to hours constraints. Despite the fact that hours constraints may shorten working lives of older women, this paper presents some explorative results which illustrate that increasing working hours flexibility does not seem to increase older workers total labor supply as is often suggested.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationTilburg
Number of pages49
Publication statusPublished - 2007

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  • Labor supply
  • hours constraint
  • mobility
  • retirement


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