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Umfang und Kompensation von Überstunden: eine vergleichende Analyse für Westdeutschland und Großbritannien

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  • Markus Pannenberg
  • Gert G. Wagner

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In the 1990s overtime incidence in Great Britain and West Germany is quite similar, while the average amount of hours of overtime for full-time male workers with overtime in Great Britain is roughly twice those in Germany for all years. We observe striking differences between the two countries with respect to overtime compensation patterns and their change over time. In Germany, we observe a remarkable decrease in the share of workers who work paid overtime and a significant increase in the share of workers with overtime compensated with extra days off later on, while in Great Britain shares of workers with paid or unpaid overtime are quite stable. Considering the relationship of straight-time working hours and the amount of overtime hours, we provide evidence for a strong negative relationship in Great Britain whereas in Germany the impact of straight-time working hours on overtime work is only weakly negative. Furthermore, we illustrate that a policy of reducing the amount of paid overtime would affect the monthly labor earnings distribution in Germany while we cannot detect any impact for Great Britain. In the 1990s overtime incidence in Great Britain and West Germany is quite similar, while the average amount of hours of overtime for full-time male workers with overtime in Great Britain is roughly twice those in Germany for all years. We observe striking differences between the two countries with respect to overtime compensation patterns and their change over time. In Germany, we observe a remarkable decrease in the share of workers who work paid overtime and a significant increase in the share of workers with overtime compensated with extra days off later on, while in Great Britain shares of workers with paid or unpaid overtime are quite stable. Considering the relationship of straight-time working hours and the amount of overtime hours, we provide evidence for a strong negative relationship in Great Britain whereas in Germany the impact of straight-time working hours on overtime work is only weakly negative. Furthermore, we illustrate that a policy of reducing the amount of paid overtime would affect the monthly labor earnings distribution in Germany while we cannot detect any impact for Great Britain.

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Paper provided by DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research in its series Discussion Papers of DIW Berlin with number 234.

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Length: 22 p.
Date of creation: 2001
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Handle: RePEc:diw:diwwpp:dp234

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Keywords: Overtime; Overtime Compensation; Paneldata;

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  1. Markus Pannenberg & Mathis Schröder, 2000. "Betriebliche Sondervergütungen in Deutschland," DIW Wochenbericht, DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research, vol. 67(35), pages 561-566.
  2. Bell, D. & RA Hart, 1999. "Overtime Working in an Unregulated Labour Market," Working Papers Series 9904, University of Stirling, Division of Economics.
  3. Bauer, Thomas K. & Zimmermann, Klaus F., 1999. "Overtime Work and Overtime Compensation in Germany," IZA Discussion Papers 48, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  4. Bell, David N F & Hart, Robert A, 1999. "Unpaid Work," Economica, London School of Economics and Political Science, vol. 66(262), pages 271-90, May.
  5. Hunt, Jennifer, 1997. "Has Work Sharing Worked in Germany?," CEPR Discussion Papers 1553, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
  6. Markus Pannenberg & Gert G. Wagner, 1999. "Kaum Beschäftigungseffekte durch Abbau von Überstunden," DIW Wochenbericht, DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research, vol. 66(31), pages 573-578.
  7. Hart, Robert A. & Hübler, Olaf & Bell, David N.F. & Schwerdt, Wolfgang, 2000. "Paid and Unpaid Overtime Working in Germany and the UK," IZA Discussion Papers 133, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
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  1. Hübler, Dominik & Hübler, Olaf, 2006. "Is There a Trade-off Between Job Security and Wages in Germany and the UK?," IZA Discussion Papers 2241, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).

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