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The Productivity Of Working Hours

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  • John Pencavel

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    Observations on munition workers, most of them women, are organized to examine the relationship between their output and their working hours. The relationship is nonlinear: below an hours threshold, output is proportional to hours; above a threshold, output rises at a decreasing rate as hours increase. Implications of these results for the estimation of labor supply functions are taken up. The findings also link up with current research on the effects of long working hours on accidents and injuries.

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    Paper provided by Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research in its series Discussion Papers with number 13-006.

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    Date of creation: Nov 2013
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    Handle: RePEc:sip:dpaper:13-006

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