Option or Obligation? The Determinants of Labour Supply Preferences in Britain

19 Pages Posted: 20 Sep 2003

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René Böheim

Johannes Kepler University

Mark P. Taylor

Washington University in St. Louis - John M. Olin Business School; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Abstract

We examine persistence in work hour constraints using subjective data from the British Household Panel Survey, and investigate the role of job and employer changes in alleviating these constraints. Evidence suggests that 40 per cent of employees prefer to work a different number of hours at their current wage, and the majority of these prefer to work fewer hours. Our estimates also indicate that, although these constraints persist over time, job and employer changes alleviate over-employment particularly among men. Work time preferences are determined by observed job and employer related characteristics, individual demographics, local labour demand and time-invariant unobserved individual-specific effects.

Suggested Citation

Boheim, Rene and Taylor, Mark Peter, Option or Obligation? The Determinants of Labour Supply Preferences in Britain. Manchester School, Vol. 71, pp. 113-131, March 2003. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=416799

Rene Boheim (Contact Author)

Johannes Kepler University ( email )

Linz
Austria

Mark Peter Taylor

Washington University in St. Louis - John M. Olin Business School ( email )

One Brookings Drive
Campus Box 1156
St. Louis, MO 63130-4899
United States

Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

London
United Kingdom

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