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

Booth, Alison L and van Ours, J C (2006) Hours of Work and Gender Identity: Does Part-time Work make the Family Happier? Working Paper. Tilburg University, Center for Economic Research, Discussion Paper 2006-02.

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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).

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Economics, Department of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 18 Jul 2012 12:24
Last Modified: 18 Jul 2012 12:24
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/3122

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