Addiction to work: An Inelastic Wage Elasticity of Labour Supply Equals Long Hours of Work
AbstractA phenomenon of the last twenty years is the growth of ‘very long hours’ of work, especially amongst high-skilled labour. This is an unexpected reversal of a long trend in the opposite direction. This paper criticises the Beckerian analysis of labour-leisure choice. It argues that the more time is consumed in paid work, the more are preferences for paid work affected by it; thereby creating a vicious cycle of consumption patterns which lead to longer than expected hours of work.
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Bibliographic InfoArticle provided by The Centre for Labour Market Research (CLMR), Curtin Business School in its journal Australian Journal of Labour Economics (AJLE).
Volume (Year): 11 (2008)
Issue (Month): 2 (June)
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Time Allocation and Labor Supply Labor Economics: General Intertemporal Consumer Choice; Life Cycle Models and Saving;
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