Labour Markets in Transition
Edited by Ruud Muffels
Chapter 10: Working Time Preferences, Labour Market Transitions and Job Satisfaction
Govert Bijwaard, Bram van Dijk and Jaap de Koning 10.1 INTRODUCTION Compared to the previous chapter, the aim of this chapter is to acquire a deeper insight into the relationships between working time preferences and working time transitions (job moves) on the one hand and job satisfaction on the other. Due to the unavailability of data in other countries the analyses are limited to the Netherlands. The questions raised are to what extent do Dutch workers adjust the number of hours worked when they experience a discrepancy between the actual and the desired number of hours? and does such a discrepancy or a more general dissatisfaction with the current job leads worker to move to another job? Eventually, we deal with the question to what extent transitions reduce the discrepancy between actual and desired hours and increase job satisfaction. The analysis is based on data obtained from the Dutch OSA household panel.1 It is a broad survey covering almost all aspects of work like labour market status, number of hours worked, pay, type of employment, job satisfaction and many other topics. The data used in this chapter covers the period 1986–1998. In the meantime more recent data has become available, but there are good reasons to believe that adding more waves would not change the results significantly and would lead to similar outcomes. Visser and Van der Meer (2007) present OSA-data on transitions covering the period 1988–2002 and they find no sign of any trend break for their...
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