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Part-Time Work, Gender and Job Satisfaction: Evidence from a Developing Country

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  • López Bóo, Florencia

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    (Inter-American Development Bank)

  • Madrigal, Lucia

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    (Inter-American Development Bank)

  • Pagés, Carmen

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    (Inter-American Development Bank)

Abstract

This paper investigates the relationship between part-time work and job satisfaction using a recent household survey from Honduras. In contrast to previous work for developed countries, this paper does not find a preference for part-time work among women. Instead, both women and men tend to prefer full- time work, although the preference for working longer hours is stronger for men. Consistent with an interpretation of working part-time as luxury consumption, the paper finds that partnered women with children, poor women or women working in the informal sector are more likely to prefer full-time work than single women, partnered women without children, non-poor women or women working in the formal sector. These results have important implications for the design of family and child care policies in low-income countries.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 3994.

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Length: 37 pages
Date of creation: Feb 2009
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Publication status: published in: Journal of Development Studies, 2010, 46 (9), 1543-1571
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  2. Fagan, Colette & Norman, Helen & Smith, Mark & Gonzalez Menendez, María C, 2014. "In search of good quality part-time employment," ILO Working Papers, International Labour Organization 483968, International Labour Organization.
  3. Paolo Falco & William F. Maloney & Bob Rijkers & Mauricio Sarrias, 2010. "Heterogeneity in Subjective Wellbeing: An Application to Occupational Allocation in Africa," DOCUMENTOS CEDE, UNIVERSIDAD DE LOS ANDES-CEDE 010494, UNIVERSIDAD DE LOS ANDES-CEDE.
  4. Tomás Rau B., 2010. "Part-Time Work in Chile," Journal Economía Chilena (The Chilean Economy), Central Bank of Chile, Central Bank of Chile, vol. 13(1), pages 39-59, April.
  5. Sherman, Arie & Shavit, Tal, 2013. "The immaterial sustenance of work and leisure: A new look at the work–leisure model," Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics (formerly The Journal of Socio-Economics), Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 46(C), pages 10-16.
  6. Rita Almeida & Pedro Carneiro, Renata Narita, 2013. "Producing Higher Quality Jobs: Enforcement of Mandated Benefits across Brazilian Cities between 1996-2007," Working Papers, Department of Economics, University of São Paulo (FEA-USP) 2013_22, University of São Paulo (FEA-USP).

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