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Working Long Hours and Early Career Outcomes in the High-End Labor Market


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  • Gicheva, Dora

    (University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Department of Economics)


This study establishes empirically a nonlinear relationship between hours worked per week and hourly wage growth: for workers who put in 48 hours per week or more, working 5 extra hours per week increases annual wage growth by about 1 percent. The average effect is zero when hours are below 48. This relationship is especially strong for young professional workers. I provide evidence in support of a model of promotions that combines higher skill-sensitivity of output in upper levels of the job ladder with worker heterogeneity. The results can be used to account for part of the gender wage gap.

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Paper provided by University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 10-3.

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Length: 66 pages
Date of creation: 26 Aug 2010
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Handle: RePEc:ris:uncgec:2010_003

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Keywords: wage growth; working hours; promotions; gender wage gap; disutility of labor;

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  1. Claudia Goldin, 2014. "A Grand Gender Convergence: Its Last Chapter," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, American Economic Association, vol. 104(4), pages 1091-1119, April.
  2. Kato, Takao & Kodama, Naomi, 2014. "Labor Market Deregulation and Female Employment: Evidence from a Natural Experiment in Japan," IZA Discussion Papers 8189, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
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