Working time preferences, hours mismatch and well-being of couples : Are there spillovers?

Faculty/Professorship: Empirical Microeconomics  
Author(s): Wunder, Christoph; Heineck, Guido  
Title of the Journal: Labour Economics : an international journal
ISSN: 0927-5371
Publisher Information: Amsterdam [u.a.] : Elsevier
Year of publication: 2013
Pages: 244-252
Language(s): English
Working time arrangements determine, to a large extent, the successful balancing of work and family life. This study investigates the role of working time preferences and hours mismatch for well-being among couples. The empirical evidence indicates that well-being is generally lower among those with working time mismatch. Particularly underemployment is detrimental for well-being. We further provide first evidence on spillovers from the partner's working time mismatch that are, however, no longer significant once we control for the partner's well-being. This suggests that well-being is contagious, and that the spillover is due to caring preferences.
Keywords: Subjective well-being, Life satisfaction, Working time preferences, Working time mismatch, Spillovers
Type: Article
Year of publication: 10. October 2013