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Are Shorter Work Hours Good for the Environment? A Comparison of U.S. and European Energy Consumption

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  • David Rosnick
  • Mark Weisbrot

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European employees work fewer hours per year -- and use less energy per person -- than their American counterparts. This report compares the European and U.S. models of labor productivity and energy consumption. It finds that if all countries worked as many hours per week as U.S. workers do, the world would consume 15 to 30 percent more energy by 2050 than it would by following Europe's model.

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Paper provided by Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) in its series CEPR Reports and Issue Briefs with number 2006-32.

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Date of creation: Dec 2006
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Handle: RePEc:epo:papers:2006-32

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  1. Mario Cogoy, 2010. "Consumption, time and the environment," Review of Economics of the Household, Springer, vol. 8(4), pages 459-477, December.
  2. Nancy Folbre, 2009. "Time Use and Living Standards," Social Indicators Research, Springer, vol. 93(1), pages 77-83, August.

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