Hours of Work and Gender Identity: Does Part-Time Work Make the Family Happier?

21 Pages Posted: 2 Jan 2009

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Alison L. Booth

Australian National University (ANU) - Research School of Social Sciences (RSSS); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Jan C. van Ours

Tilburg University - Department of Economics; University of Melbourne - Department of Economics

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Abstract

Taking into account interdependence within the family, we investigate the relationship between part-time work and family wellbeing. We use panel data from the Household, Income and Labor Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Survey. We find that part-time women are more satisfied with working hours than full-time women, and that 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. Our results are consistent with the gender identity hypothesis.

Suggested Citation

Booth, Alison L. and van Ours, Jan C., Hours of Work and Gender Identity: Does Part-Time Work Make the Family Happier?. Economica, Vol. 76, Issue 301, pp. 176-196, February 2009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1319994 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-0335.2007.00670.x

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