Fluctuations in hours of work and employment across age and gender

Document type
Working Paper
Laroque, Guy; Osotimehin, Sophie
Institute for Fiscal Studies
Date of publication
1 December 2014
IFS Working Paper; W15/03
Employment, Poverty Alleviation Welfare Benefits and Financial Inclusion
Social welfare
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This working paper documents the heterogeneity in labour market volatility across ages and gender in the United States from 1976-2014.

It separates fluctuations in hours worked into fluctuations in the average number of hours per worker (the intensive margin) and fluctuations in the number of individuals at work (the extensive margin) and examines the relative importance of these two margins for each demographic group.

The authors of this paper have computed the contribution of each demographic group to the change in aggregate hours worked over the business cycle. 

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