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Hours of work and gender identity: does part-time work make the family happier?

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Title: Hours of work and gender identity: does part-time work make the family happier?
Author(s): Booth, Alison L
van Ours, Jan
Keywords: gender identity
part-time work
Publisher: Canberra, ACT: Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR), The Australian National University
Series/Report no.: Discussion Paper (Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR), The Australian National University): No. 507
Description: 
Taking into account inter-dependence within the family, we investigate the relationship between part-time work and happiness. We use panel data from the new Household, Income and Labor Dynamics in Australia Survey. Our analysis indicates that part-time women are more satisfied with working hours than full-time women. Partnered women’s life satisfaction is increased if their partners work full-time. Male partners’ life satisfaction is unaffected by their partners’ market hours but is increased if they themselves are working full-time. This finding is consistent with the gender identity hypothesis of Akerlof and Kranton (2000).
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/43249
ISSN: 1442-8636

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