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Labor Supply, Hours Constraints and Job Mobility

  • Joseph Altonji
  • Christina Paxson

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 Princeton University, Department of Economics, Industrial Relations Section. in its series Working Papers with number 651.

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Date of creation: Sep 1990
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Handle: RePEc:pri:indrel:dsp01ns0646039
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