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Work Hours Constraints and Health

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  • Bell, David N.F.

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    (University of Stirling)

  • Otterbach, Steffen

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    (University of Hohenheim)

  • Sousa-Poza, Alfonso

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    (University of Hohenheim)

Abstract

The issue of whether employees who work more hours than they want to suffer adverse health consequences is important not only at the individual level but also for governmental formation of work time policy. Our study investigates this question by analyzing the impact of the discrepancy between actual and desired work hours on self-perceived health outcomes in Germany and the United Kingdom. Based on nationally representative longitudinal data, our results show that work-hour mismatches (i.e., differences between actual and desired hours) have negative effects on workers’ health. In particular, we show that “overemployment” – working more hours than desired – has negative effects on different measures of self-perceived health.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 6126.

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Length: 32 pages
Date of creation: Nov 2011
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Publication status: published in: Annales d'Économie et de Statistique, 2012, 105-106, 35-54
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp6126

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Keywords: Germany; health; hours constraints; work time; United Kingdom;

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  1. Bassanini, Andrea & Caroli, Eve, 2014. "Is Work Bad for Health? The Role of Constraint vs Choice," IZA Discussion Papers 7891, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  2. Constant, Amelie F. & Otterbach, Steffen, 2011. "Work Hours Constraints: Impacts and Policy Implications," IZA Policy Papers 35, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  3. Wunder, Christoph & Heineck, Guido, 2012. "Working Time Preferences, Hours Mismatch and Well-Being of Couples: Are There Spillovers?," IZA Discussion Papers 6786, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  4. Hielke Buddelmeyer & Duncan McVicar & Mark Wooden, 2013. "Non-Standard 'Contingent' Employment and Job Satisfaction: A Panel Data Analysis," Melbourne Institute Working Paper Series wp2013n29, Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, The University of Melbourne.

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