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Title:Hours of work and gender identity: does part-time work make the family happier? PDF Logo
Authors:Booth, Alison L.
van Ours, Jan C.
Issue Date:2005
Series/Report no.:IZA Discussion Papers 1884
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).
Subjects:part-time work
happiness
gender identity
JEL:J22
I31
J16
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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