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How Does Working-Time Flexibility Affect Workers’ Productivity in a Routine Job? Evidence from a Field Experiment

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  • Marie Boltz

    (BETA, University of Strasbourg, France)

  • Bart Cockx

    (Department of Economics, Ghent University; IZA, Bonn; CESifo, Munich; IRES, Université catholique de Louvain; ROA, Maastricht University)

  • Ana Maria Diaz

    (Departamento de Economía, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana)

  • Luz Magdalena Salas

    (Departamento de Economía, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana)

Abstract

We conducted an experiment in which we hired workers under different types of contracts to evaluate how flexible working time affects on-the-job productivity in a routine job. Our approach breaks down the global impact on productivity into sorting and behavioral effects. We find that all forms of working-time flexibility reduce the length of workers’ breaks. For part-time work, these positive effects are globally counterbalanced. Yet arrangements that allow workers to decide when to start and stop working increase global productivity by as much as 50 percent, 40 percent of which is induced by sorting.

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  • Marie Boltz & Bart Cockx & Ana Maria Diaz & Luz Magdalena Salas, 2020. "How Does Working-Time Flexibility Affect Workers’ Productivity in a Routine Job? Evidence from a Field Experiment," LIDAM Discussion Papers IRES 2020030, Université catholique de Louvain, Institut de Recherches Economiques et Sociales (IRES).
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    Keywords

    Flexible work arrangements; part-time work; productivity; labor market flexibility; work–life balance;
    All these keywords.

    JEL classification:

    • J21 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Labor Force and Employment, Size, and Structure
    • J22 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Time Allocation and Labor Supply
    • J23 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Labor Demand
    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
    • J33 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Compensation Packages; Payment Methods

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