Skip to content

ISER Working Paper Series 2001-05

Option or obligation? The determinants of labour supply preferences in Britain

Authors

Publication date

01 Apr 2001

Abstract

We examine subjective data on desired hours of work from the BHPS and investigate which individuals are able to work their desired number of hours at the prevailing wage, which individuals are under-employed and which are over-employed. Our evidence suggests that about 40% of men and women in paid employment prefer to work a different number of hours at their current wage, and the majority of these prefer to work fewer hours. Multivariate analysis shows that differences in work time preferences depend on observed job and employer related characteristics, individual demographics, local labour demand and unobserved individual specific effects.

Notes

working paper

Paper download  


Related publications

  1. Option or obligation? The determinants of labour supply preferences in Britain

    René Böheim and Mark P. Taylor

#504305


Research home

Research home

News

Latest findings, new research

Publications search

Search all research by subject and author

Podcasts

Researchers discuss their findings and what they mean for society

Projects

Background and context, methods and data, aims and outputs

Events

Conferences, seminars and workshops

Survey methodology

Specialist research, practice and study

Taking the long view

ISER's annual report

Themes

Key research themes and areas of interest