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Determinants of Voluntary Overtime Decisions

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  • Idson, Todd L
  • Robins, Philip K

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This paper develops and estimates a model of the labor supply for overtime work when some workers' choices are constrained by mandatory overtime provisions of employers. Economic incentives are shown to have a significant effect on workers' overtime decision. Policy simulations suggest that an increase in the overtime premium would lead to greater voluntary overtime work, as would a lowering of the level of weekly hours after which the mandatory premium takes effect. The estimated effects of these changes are not quantitatively large, indicating that workers are fairly insensitive to changes in monetary incentives in making overtime decisions. Copyright 1991 by Oxford University Press.

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  • Idson, Todd L & Robins, Philip K, 1991. "Determinants of Voluntary Overtime Decisions," Economic Inquiry, Western Economic Association International, vol. 29(1), pages 79-91, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:ecinqu:v:29:y:1991:i:1:p:79-91
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    1. Allard Dembe, 2009. "Ethical Issues Relating to the Health Effects of Long Working Hours," Journal of Business Ethics, Springer, vol. 84(2), pages 195-208, January.
    2. Joao Ricardo Faria & Miguel A. Leon-Ledesma, 2004. "Habit formation, work ethics and technological progress," Manchester School, University of Manchester, vol. 72(3), pages 403-413, June.
    3. Golden, Lonnie & Wiens-Tuers, Barbara, 2006. "To your happiness? Extra hours of labor supply and worker well-being," Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics (formerly The Journal of Socio-Economics), Elsevier, vol. 35(2), pages 382-397, April.
    4. Nahra, Tammie A. & Mendez, David & Alexander, Jeffrey A., 2009. "Employing super-efficiency analysis as an alternative to DEA: An application in outpatient substance abuse treatment," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 196(3), pages 1097-1106, August.

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