The Timing of Work and Work-Family Conflicts in Spain: Who Has a Split Work Schedule and Why?

37 Pages Posted: 9 Nov 2009

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Catalina Amuedo-Dorantes

San Diego State University - Department of Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Sara de la Rica

Universidad del Pais Vasco; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Abstract

Spain, as other south-Mediterranean countries, is characterized for the predominance of split work schedules. Split work schedules typically consist of 5 hours of work in the morning (typically from 9 am to 2 pm), followed by a 2 hour break and another 3 hours of work in the afternoon/evening (typically from 4 pm to 7 pm). Because of the evening work hours, split work schedules are contributing to work-family conflicts in the midst of significantly higher female labor force participation. Our purpose is to examine who has a split work schedule and why. We focus on full-time working women with full-time working partners, for whom the need to reconcile work and family responsibilities is likely to be more pressing. We first find that women with partners with a split work schedule or without children (less than 20 percent our sample) are more likely to have a split work schedule. Yet, despite the revealed preference for a continuous work schedule of the remaining women in our sample, we fail to find evidence of a compensating wage differential for having a split work schedule. We thus examine why and find that younger and less educated women more likely to be constrained in their job choices are more likely to work in the private sector, where split work schedules are primarily found.

Keywords: work-family conflicts, timing of work, split/continuous time schedule, compensating wage differentials, job constraints

JEL Classification: J16, J31, J81

Suggested Citation

Amuedo-Dorantes, Catalina and de la Rica, Sara, The Timing of Work and Work-Family Conflicts in Spain: Who Has a Split Work Schedule and Why?. IZA Discussion Paper No. 4542. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1501978

Catalina Amuedo-Dorantes (Contact Author)

San Diego State University - Department of Economics ( email )

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Sara De la Rica

Universidad del Pais Vasco ( email )

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Leioa, Bizkaia 48940
Spain

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany

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