AIAS Lunch Seminar 24 september Marion Collewet ROA-Maastricht University

‘The effect of weekly working hours on life satisfaction’

Marion Collewet

Day: Thursday 24 September 2015
Time: 12.15 – 13.15 hrs.
Location: AIAS, 4th floor Gijsbert van Tienhoven building, room 4.09, Roeterstraat 31, 1018 WB (NEW LOCATION!)
Registration: Please send an email, preferably before Wednesday 23 September, 12.00 hrs. to register.
A sandwich will then be provided.

Abstract

Marion Collewet & Bart Loog

This paper exploits changes in the length of the full-time workweek in the German public sector over time and across federal states to identify the effect of weekly working hours on self-reported life satisfaction. Using the official length of the full-time workweek as an instrument for hours actually worked, we find that an additional hour of work decreases the life satisfaction of full-time working men significantly, while it leaves the life satisfaction of female full-timers unchanged. We also find suggestive evidence that the effect of hours worked on life satisfaction is not linear, but increasingly negative in the working time of individuals.

Bio Marion Collewet

Marion Collewet is a PhD candidate at the Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market (ROA) at Maastricht University. She holds an MSc in Economic and Social Policy Analysis from the University of York (U.K.). Before joining ROA, she worked as a junior researcher at SEOR (Erasmus University Rotterdam), where she conducted contract research about labour market and social policy for Dutch and European public institutions. Her main research interests are labour economics, working time, endogenous preferences and the definition of well-being in economics. Her current research focuses on the link between part-time work and happiness and the influence of the social context.

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