Limited Access: Disparities in Flexible Work Schedules and Location

Journal of Family and Economic Issues, March 2008

36 Pages Posted: 23 May 2007 Last revised: 27 Apr 2008

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Lonnie Golden

Pennsylvania State University - Abington College; Economic Policy Institute; Project for Middle Class Renewal

Date Written: April 2007

Abstract

This research tests predictions regarding potential disparities among the employed by personal characteristics in the ability to vary the starting and ending times of their workday and engage in work from home. Women and African-Americans possess lesser access to flexible work schedules, even when controlling for most job characteristics. Married men have more access, but only if they are parents, and mothers only if they have pre-school age children. Workers with part-time or long hours gain far greater access. Work-at-home is more common among women, the married and parents - thus more reflective of family demands. The results suggest where public and organizational policies could be focused to spread flexible work arrangements more toward those who both most value it and lack it.

Keywords: Flexible Work Schedules, Flexitime, Hours of Work, Gender Gap

JEL Classification: J22, J16, J44

Suggested Citation

Golden, Lonnie, Limited Access: Disparities in Flexible Work Schedules and Location (April 2007). Journal of Family and Economic Issues, March 2008, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=988183 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.988183

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