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

Booth, Alison L and van Ours, Jan C (2009) 'Hours of Work and Gender Identity: Does Part-time Work Make the Family Happier?' Economica, 76 (301). pp. 176-196. ISSN 0013-0427

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Abstract

Taking into account interdependence within the family, we investigate the relationship between part-time work and family wellbeing. We use panel data from the Household, Income and Labor Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Survey. We find that part-time women are more satisfied with working hours than full-time women, and that 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. Our results are consistent with the gender identity hypothesis.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Economics, Department of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 18 Jul 2012 18:09
Last Modified: 18 Jul 2012 18:09
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/3099

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