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Who Wants and Gets Flexibility?
Changing Work Hours Preferences and Work Hours, Work and Family Circumstances, and Life Events
Principal Investigators Robert Drago and Mark Wooden
with funding from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

Recent efforts to promote flexibility in total work hours derive from a workplace-workforce mismatch.  This mismatch involves employees who need flexibility in their hours of work over the life course, and employers who are not providing enough flexibility to meet employee needs.  We will provide, first, a longitudinal analysis of changes in work hours preferences and, second, an analysis of the extent to which the employers respond to such changes.  The first analysis would document the need for flexibility, while the second would measure the extent of mismatch between changing hours preferences and actual working time.  The Household, Labor and Income Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Survey provides the only existing data set for performing these analyses.  

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