Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/150814
Authors: 
Gash, Vanessa
Mertens, Antje
Gordo, Laura Romeu
Year of Publication: 
2010
Series/Report no.: 
SOEPpapers on Multidisciplinary Panel Data Research 268
Abstract: 
This paper asks whether part-time work makes women happy. Previous research on labour supply has assumed that as workers freely choose their optimal working hours on the basis of their innate preferences and the hourly wage rate, outcome reflects preference. This paper tests this assumption by measuring the impact of changes in working-hours on life satisfaction in two countries (the UK and Germany using the German Socio-Economic Panel and the British Household Panel Survey). We find decreases in working-hours bring about positive and significant improvement on well-being for women.
Subjects: 
Temporary Employment
Unemployment
Health
JEL: 
J41
J64
I10
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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