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And in the evening she's a singer with the band: second jobs, plight or pleasure

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  • Böheim, René
  • Taylor, Mark P.

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In Britain about 10 per cent of workers have a second job. Possible motives for holding a second job are hours constraints in the first job or diferent utilities derived from the first and second job. Alternatively second job holding may reflect hedging behaviour in an uncertain environment. The holding of a second job may be triggered by changes in family circumstances or negative financial shocks. We describe the dynamics of of second job holding in Britain during the 1990s using panel data from the BHPS. Our results indicate that second job holding is surprisingly persistent over time. Negative financial shocks trigger second job holding but second jobs are not a measure to smooth labour supply over time. Hours constraints are of lesser importance in motivating second job holding that heterogeneous job characteristics.

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  • Böheim, René & Taylor, Mark P., 2004. "And in the evening she's a singer with the band: second jobs, plight or pleasure," ISER Working Paper Series 2004-03, Institute for Social and Economic Research.
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    1. Barry T. Hirsch & Muhammad M. Husain & John V. Winters, 2016. "Multiple job holding, local labor markets, and the business cycle," IZA Journal of Labor Economics, Springer;Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit GmbH (IZA), vol. 5(1), pages 1-29, December.
    2. Amuedo-Dorantes, Catalina & Kimmel, Jean, 2005. "Moonlighting Behavior over the Business Cycle," IZA Discussion Papers 1671, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
    3. Alexander Muravyev, 2007. "Firm Size, Wages and Unobserved Skills: Evidence from Dual Job Holdings in the UK," Discussion Papers of DIW Berlin 681, DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research.
    4. 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.
    5. Robinson, Helen & Wadsworth, Jonathan, 2006. "The Impact of the Minimum Wage on the Incidence of Second Job Holding in Britain," IZA Discussion Papers 2445, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
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    • J2 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor
    • J6 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers

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