Manuscript received 17.12.09; final version received 7.12.10.
THE INFLUENCE OF CHANGING HOURS OF WORK ON WOMEN'S LIFE SATISFACTION*
Version of Record online: 21 DEC 2011
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The Manchester School
Special Issue: Low Pay, Low Skill and Low Income
Volume 80, Issue 1, pages 51–74, January 2012
How to Cite
GASH, V., MERTENS, A. and GORDO, L. R. (2012), THE INFLUENCE OF CHANGING HOURS OF WORK ON WOMEN'S LIFE SATISFACTION. The Manchester School, 80: 51–74. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9957.2011.02255.x
- Issue online: 21 DEC 2011
- Version of Record online: 21 DEC 2011
This paper asks whether moving to part-time work makes women happy. Previous research on labour supply has assumed that as workers freely choose their optimal working hours on the basis of their innate preferences and the hourly wage rate, outcome reflects preference. This paper tests this assumption by measuring the impact of changes in working hours on life satisfaction in two countries (the UK and Germany using the German Socio-Economic Panel and the British Household Panel Survey). We find decreases in working hours bring about positive and significant improvement on well-being for women.