Overemployment and Underemployment Mismatches in the US Work Force: The Preference to Exchange Income for Fewer Work Hours
61 Pages Posted: 24 May 2007
Work hours mismatches among the employed are common. About 7 percent prefer fewer than their current work hours even if it means less income, while another 25 percent want more hours and income, virtually the same as in 1985. Overemployment is higher for women, whites, married, parents of young children, students, higher educated and those with long workweeks, in managerial-supervisory and health, law and science professional jobs and in the health and utility services industries.
Keywords: Hours of Work, Hours Constraints, Labor Supply, Overemployment, Underemployment
JEL Classification: J22, J23
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