publication . Preprint . 2005

Preferred vs Actual Working Hours in Couple Households

Yi-Ping Tseng; Mark Wooden;
Open Access
  • Published: 01 Jun 2005
Working hours in Australia are quite widely distributed around the population mean. That is, there are relatively many people working both relatively short hours and relatively long hours each week. From a welfare perspective, however, it is not the actual number of hours worked that is of importance, but whether the hours being worked are consistent with individual preferences. In this paper the question of how closely hours preferences are being met is examined using data collected in the first wave of the HILDA Survey. The study focuses specifically on workers in couple households. The analysis involved two main stages. In the first stage, evidence of a signi...

Distribution of actual and preferred working hours (couple combined) 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100 110 120 130 140 150 160 weekly working hours (combined) actual preferred (female pref.+ male act.)

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