Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/141577
Authors: 
Otterbach, Steffen
Wooden, Mark
Fok, Yin King
Year of Publication: 
2016
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 9818
Abstract: 
Nationally representative panel survey data for Germany and Australia are used to investigate the impact of working-time mismatches (i.e., differences between actual and desired work hours) on mental health, as measured by the Mental Component Summary Score from the SF-12. Fixed effects and dynamic linear models are estimated, which, together with the longitudinal nature of the data, enable person-specific traits that are time invariant to be controlled for. The incorporation of dynamics also reduces concerns about the potential effects of reverse causation. The results suggest that overemployment (working more hours than desired) has adverse consequences for the mental health of workers in both countries. Underemployment (working fewer hours than desired), however, seems to only be of significance in Australia.
Subjects: 
Australia
Germany
mental health
Mental Component Summary Score (SF-12)
longitudinal data
work hours
working-time mismatch
JEL: 
I12
J22
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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