Implications of Hours Worked for Inequality and Poverty : Interim Report

Eiser, David and Roy, Graeme and Mitchell, Mark (2020) Implications of Hours Worked for Inequality and Poverty : Interim Report. [Report]

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    Abstract

    The amount of time that people spend in paid work has a major influence on both individual earnings and household incomes. As such, differences in hours worked across different groups of worker or types of household can have a major influence on income inequality and poverty. Weekly hours worked by men decreased in the period until 2010 but have remained unchanged since then. In contrast, female hours worked have increased slowly throughout the period. These changes over time reflect trends in real household income, and changing social norms around gender and work.