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Labor Supply, Hours Constraints and Job Mobility

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  • Joseph G. Altonji
  • Christina H. Paxson

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If hours can be freely varied within jobs, the effect on hours of changes in preferences for those who do change jobs should be similar to the effect on hours for those who do not change jobs. Conversely, if employers restrict hours choices, then changes in preferences should affect hours more strongly when the job changes than when it does not change. For a sample of married women we find that changes in many of the labor supply preference variables produce much larger effects on hours when the job changes.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 3474.

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Date of creation: Oct 1990
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Publication status: published as Journal of Labor Economics, vol. 6, no. 2, April 1988, pp. 254-276 Journal of Human Resources, 27, no. 2 (Spring 1992): . p 256-278
Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:3474

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