Moonlighting Behavior Over the Business Cycle

32 Pages Posted: 21 Jul 2005

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Catalina Amuedo-Dorantes

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

Jean Kimmel

Western Michigan University - Department of Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Date Written: July 2005

Abstract

Using data from the 1979 National Longitudinal Survey of Youth, we examine the cyclicality by sex of moonlighting and moonlighting hours. We find that, once we account for the sample selection into employment, both men and women exhibit procyclical moonlighting probabilities. Likewise, moonlighting hours for male multiple job holders are procyclical. These findings contradict the frequent claim that moonlighting increases during economic downturns due to economic hardship. Instead, moonlighting appears responsive to growing employment opportunities during economic expansions. At any rate, the systematic variation of moonlighting over the business cycle may have implications for the procyclical nature of real wages.

Keywords: moonlighting, multiple job holding, business cycles, U.S.

JEL Classification: J2

Suggested Citation

Amuedo-Dorantes, Catalina and Kimmel, Jean, Moonlighting Behavior Over the Business Cycle (July 2005). IZA Discussion Paper No. 1671. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=761664

Catalina Amuedo-Dorantes (Contact Author)

San Diego State University - Department of Economics ( email )

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Jean Kimmel

Western Michigan University - Department of Economics ( email )

Kalamazoo, MI 49008
United States

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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

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