Working Time Preferences, Hours Mismatch and Well-Being of Couples: Are There Spillovers?

42 Pages Posted: 6 Oct 2012

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Christoph Wunder

University of Erlangen-Nuremberg-Friedrich Alexander Universität Erlangen Nürnberg - Department of Economics; University of Bamberg

Guido Heineck

University of Bamberg; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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Abstract

We analyze how well-being is related to working time preferences and hours mismatch. Self-reported measures of life satisfaction are used as an empirical approximation of true wellbeing. Our results indicate that well-being is generally lower among workers with working time mismatch. Particularly underemployment is detrimental for well-being. We further provide first evidence on spillovers from the partner's working time mismatch. However, the spillover becomes insignificant once we control for the partner's well-being. This suggests that well-being is contagious, and the spillover is due to interdependent utilities. Females experience the highest well-being when their partner is working full-time hours. Male wellbeing is unaffected over a wide interval of the partner's working hours.

Keywords: subjective well-being, life satisfaction, working time preferences, working time mismatch, spillovers, utility interdependence

JEL Classification: I31, J21, J22

Suggested Citation

Wunder, Christoph and Heineck, Guido, Working Time Preferences, Hours Mismatch and Well-Being of Couples: Are There Spillovers?. IZA Discussion Paper No. 6786. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2157928

Christoph Wunder (Contact Author)

University of Erlangen-Nuremberg-Friedrich Alexander Universität Erlangen Nürnberg - Department of Economics ( email )

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University of Bamberg ( email )

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Guido Heineck

University of Bamberg

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IZA Institute of Labor Economics ( email )

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