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Moonlighting Behavior over the Business Cycle

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  • Amuedo-Dorantes, Catalina

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    (San Diego State University)

  • Kimmel, Jean

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    (Western Michigan University)

Abstract

Using data from the 1979 National Longitudinal Survey of Youth, we examine the cyclicality by sex of moonlighting and moonlighting hours. We find that, once we account for the sample selection into employment, both men and women exhibit procyclical moonlighting probabilities. Likewise, moonlighting hours for male multiple job holders are procyclical. These findings contradict the frequent claim that moonlighting increases during economic downturns due to economic hardship. Instead, moonlighting appears responsive to growing employment opportunities during economic expansions. At any rate, the systematic variation of moonlighting over the business cycle may have implications for the procyclical nature of real wages.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 1671.

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Length: 32 pages
Date of creation: Jul 2005
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Publication status: published as 'Moonlighting over the Business Cycle' in: Economic Inquiry, 2009, 47 (4), 754 - 765
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp1671

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  2. Robinson, Helen & Wadsworth, Jonathan, 2006. "The Impact of the Minimum Wage on the Incidence of Second Job Holding in Britain," Cardiff Economics Working Papers E2006/14, Cardiff University, Cardiff Business School, Economics Section.
  3. Pouliakas, Konstantinos & Panos, Georgios & Zangelidis, Alexandros, 2009. "The Inter-Related Dynamics of Dual Job Holding, Human Capital and Occupational Choice," MPRA Paper 16859, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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