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Working time preferences, hours mismatch and well-being of couples: Are there spillovers?

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  • Wunder, Christoph
  • Heineck, Guido

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Working time arrangements determine, to a large extent, the successful balancing of work and family life. This study investigates the role of working time preferences and hours mismatch for well-being among couples. The empirical evidence indicates that well-being is generally lower among those with working time mismatch. Particularly underemployment is detrimental for well-being. We further provide first evidence on spillovers from the partner's working time mismatch that are, however, no longer significant once we control for the partner's well-being. This suggests that well-being is contagious, and that the spillover is due to caring preferences.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Labour Economics.

Volume (Year): 24 (2013)
Issue (Month): C ()
Pages: 244-252

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Handle: RePEc:eee:labeco:v:24:y:2013:i:c:p:244-252

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Keywords: Subjective well-being; Life satisfaction; Working time preferences; Working time mismatch; Spillovers; Caring preferences;

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