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Title:Working time preferences, hours mismatch and well-being of couples: Are there spillovers? PDF Logo
Authors:Wunder, Christoph
Heineck, Guido
Issue Date:2012
Series/Report no.:SOEPpapers on Multidisciplinary Panel Data Research 471
Abstract:We analyze how well-being is related to working time preferences and hours mismatch. Selfreported measures of life satisfaction are used as an empirical approximation of true wellbeing. Our results indicate that well-being is generally lower among workers with working time mismatch. Particularly underemployment is detrimental for well-being. We further provide first evidence on spillovers from the partner's working time mismatch. However, the spillover becomes insignificant once we control for the partner's well-being. This suggests that well-being is contagious, and the spillover is due to interdependent utilities. Females experience the highest well-being when their partner is working full-time hours. Male wellbeing is unaffected over a wide interval of the partner's working hours.
Subjects:subjective well-being
life satisfaction
working time preferences
working time mismatch
spillovers
utility interdependence
JEL:I31
J21
J22
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:SOEPpapers on Multidisciplinary Panel Data Research, DIW
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