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Working Time Preferences, Hours Mismatch and Well-Being of Couples: Are There Spillovers?

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  • Christoph Wunder
  • Guido Heineck

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We analyze how well-being is related to working time preferences and hours mismatch. Selfreported measures of life satisfaction are used as an empirical approximation of true wellbeing. Our results indicate that well-being is generally lower among workers 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. However, the spillover becomes insignificant once we control for the partner's well-being. This suggests that well-being is contagious, and the spillover is due to interdependent utilities. Females experience the highest well-being when their partner is working full-time hours. Male wellbeing is unaffected over a wide interval of the partner's working hours.

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Paper provided by DIW Berlin, The German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP) in its series SOEPpapers on Multidisciplinary Panel Data Research with number 471.

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Length: 39 p.
Date of creation: 2012
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Keywords: Subjective well-being; life satisfaction; working time preferences; working time mismatch; spillovers; utility interdependence;

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