Journal article

WHO WANTS AND GETS FLEXIBILITY? CHANGING WORK HOURS PREFERENCES AND LIFE EVENTS

Robert Drago, Mark Wooden, David Black

INDUSTRIAL & LABOR RELATIONS REVIEW | INDUSTRIAL LABOR RELAT REV | Published : 2009

Abstract

Using panel data for 2001-2005 from the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Survey, the authors examine workers' desires for, and achievement of, work hour flexibility. They estimate a dynamic model that controls for preferences in previous years and tests for the effects of life events on both desired employment and desired work hours. Many life events, such as motherhood and retirement, are found to have predictable effects. Parallel regressions are estimated for actual employment and the number of hours usually worked, and the results are compared to those for preferences. The dynamics of usual hours often mirror those for preferences, suggesting that labor markets ..

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