Who are the Moonlighters and Why They Moonlight: Evidence for Rural Communities

Posted: 21 Feb 2008

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Heather Dickey

University of Aberdeen - Business School; Queen's University Belfast - Queen's Management School

Ioannis Theodossiou

University of Aberdeen - Business School

Date Written: November 2004

Abstract

This paper examines the incidence of and reasons for moonlighting in the context of rural communities where multiple-job holding is viewed as an important means of promoting sustainability of these communities. Drawing upon a unique dataset of a relatively homogeneous population living in an isolated area on the west coast of Scotland, where employment opportunities are limited, dual-job holding is investigated within the fisheries and aquaculture industries. Evidence is found that those who moonlight do not do so primarily for financial reasons, and that educational attainment has a positive impact on the incidence of dual-job holding.

Keywords: Multiple-job holding, Sustainability of rural communities

JEL Classification: J22, J24

Suggested Citation

Dickey, Heather and Theodossiou, Ioannis, Who are the Moonlighters and Why They Moonlight: Evidence for Rural Communities (November 2004). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1096105

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Ioannis Theodossiou

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