Long Work Hours: Volunteers and Conscripts
AbstractUsing panel survey data from Australia, we divide long hours workers (persons reporting usually working 50 or more hours per week) into groups of 'volunteers', who prefer long hours, and 'conscripts', who do not. We study both the static and dynamic prevalence of the phenomenon. Norms surrounding ideal workers and consumerism play major roles in explaining conscript status, with bargaining power less important. The self-employed often appear as volunteers or conscripts, while gender, rather than motherhood, is a strong predictor of shorter work hours. Both the demand and supply sides of the labour market play a role in explaining the prevalence of long hours conscripts. Copyright (c) Blackwell Publishing Ltd/London School of Economics 2009.
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- Drago, Robert & Wooden, Mark & Black, David, 2006. "Long Work Hours: Volunteers and Conscripts," IZA Discussion Papers 2484, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
- Robert Drago & Mark Wooden & David Black, 2006. "Long Work Hours: Volunteers and Conscripts," Melbourne Institute Working Paper Series wp2006n27, Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, The University of Melbourne.
- J22 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Time Allocation and Labor Supply
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