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Are Those Who Bring Work Home Really Working Longer Hours? Implications for BLS Productivity Measures

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  • Eldridge, Lucy P.

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    (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)

  • Pabilonia, Sabrina Wulff

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    (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)

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An ongoing debate surrounding BLS productivity data is that official labor productivity measures may be overstating productivity growth because of an increase in unmeasured hours worked outside the traditional workplace. This paper uses both the ATUS and May CPS Work Schedules and Work at Home Supplements to determine whether the number of hours worked by nonfarm business employees are underestimated and increasing over time due to unmeasured hours worked at home. We find that 8 - 9 percent of nonfarm business employees bring some work home from the workplace. In addition, those who bring work home report working longer hours than those who work exclusively in a workplace, resulting in a 0.8 – 1.1 percent understatement of measured hours worked. However, we find no conclusive evidence that productivity trends were biased over the 1997-2005 period due to work brought home from the workplace.

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Paper provided by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in its series Working Papers with number 406.

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Length: 46 pages
Date of creation: May 2007
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Handle: RePEc:bls:wpaper:ec070050

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Keywords: Work at Home; Productivity; Time Use;

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Cited by:
  1. Michael Beckmann & Thomas Cornelissen, 2014. "Self-Managed Working Time and Employee Effort: Microeconometric Evidence," SOEPpapers on Multidisciplinary Panel Data Research 636, DIW Berlin, The German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP).
  2. Lonnie Golden, 2008. "Limited Access: Disparities in Flexible Work Schedules and Work-at-home," Journal of Family and Economic Issues, Springer, vol. 29(1), pages 86-109, March.

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