Working hours flexibility and older workers' labor supply

A.C. Gielen*

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This paper studies the presence of hours constraints on the UK labor market and its effect on older workers labor supply. Using panel data for the period 19912004, the results from a competing risks model show that over-employed male workers can freely reduce working hours with their current employer before retiring completely. However, some over-employed women are observed to leave the labor market early due to hours constraints. This suggests that more flexibility in working hours can increase the labor market participation for some older workers as has often been suggested.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)240-274
Number of pages35
JournalOxford Economic Papers-New Series
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2009

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