Does Part-time Work Make the Family Happier?

Taking into account interdependence within the family, we investigate the relationship between part-time work and family wellbeing. We use panel data from the Household, Income and Labor Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Survey. We find that part-time women are more satisfied with working hours than full-time women, and that 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. Our results are consistent with the gender identity hypothesis.

Source: “Hours of Work and Gender Identity: Does Part-time Work Make the Family Happier?” from Economica, Volume 76 Issue 301, Pages 176 – 196

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