What Triggers Multiple Job-Holding? A Stated Preference Investigation

Heather Suzanne Dickey, Verity Watson, Alexandros Zangelidis

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This paper examines individuals’ preferences for multiple jobholding (moonlighting) and relates this to characteristics of hypothetical primary and secondary jobs using a discrete choice experiment. This is a novel approach to this issue that overcomes the limitations of existing studies that solely rely upon observed moonlighting behaviour, and allows us to investigate the relative importance of competing theoretical explanations of moonlighting. We find that individuals have multiple jobs to respond to financial constraints, and that individuals are attracted to second jobs that allow them to develop new skills, which they may later use to move to a different career pathway.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherUniversity of Aberdeen: Business School
Number of pages29
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2015

Publication series

NameDiscussion Paper in Economics
PublisherUniversity of Aberdeen
ISSN (Electronic)0143-4543


  • Labour Supply
  • moonlighting
  • choice experiment


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