Weekend Work and Work-Family Conflict: Evidence from Australian Panel Data

32 Pages Posted: 2 Dec 2020

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Inga Lass

University of Melbourne - Melbourne Institute: Applied Economic & Social Research

Mark Wooden

University of Melbourne - Melbourne Institute: Applied Economic & Social Research; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Date Written: November 25, 2020

Abstract

Objective: This paper investigates whether weekend work is associated with higher levels of work-family conflict (WFC) among parents, and whether resources like schedule control or presence of a partner mitigate this effect.

Background: The 24/7 economy requires many workers to work on weekends. Nevertheless, research on the impact of weekend work on families, and on WFC in particular, is underdeveloped, with previous studies relying on cross-sectional data and small samples.

Method: Associations between regular weekend work and a measure of WFC are examined using data from fourteen waves of the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Survey. The sample is restricted to workers aged 18 to 64 years with parenting responsibilities for children aged 17 or less (7,753 individuals, 40,216 observations). Both pooled ordinary least squares and fixed-effects regression models are estimated.

Results: Among both genders, weekend workers have significantly higher levels of WFC than those who only work weekdays. WFC is particularly high for those who work weekends and simultaneously have little control over their schedule. And whereas WFC is generally higher for single parents, weekend work affects WFC similarly for couple and single parents.
Conclusion: Weekend work generally has a detrimental effect on workers’ ability to combine employment with parenting commitments. However, work-domain resources like schedule control can buffer the impact of weekend work.

Keywords: HILDA Survey, Weekend Work, Work-Family Conflict, Working Time

JEL Classification: D19, J19, J22

Suggested Citation

Lass, Inga and Wooden, Mark, Weekend Work and Work-Family Conflict: Evidence from Australian Panel Data (November 25, 2020). Melbourne Institute Working Paper No. 23/20, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3737254 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3737254

Inga Lass

University of Melbourne - Melbourne Institute: Applied Economic & Social Research ( email )

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Parkville, Victoria 3010
Australia

Mark Wooden (Contact Author)

University of Melbourne - Melbourne Institute: Applied Economic & Social Research ( email )

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Parkville, Victoria 3010
Australia

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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