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Following the High Road or Not: What Does It Imply for Firms As to WTR Implementation


  • Fabrice Gilles

    () (EPEE, Université d'Evry Val d'Essonne)


This paper aims at studying in what extend the fact a firm competes on quality of goods or on cost reduction could help or not in implementing the French 35 hour work week. To that purpose, we use both the COI (“Changements Organisationnels et l’Informatisation”, 1997) survey and Robien, Aubry I and II administrative surveys on working Time Reduction (WTR) agreements. We consider a three level strategy indicator for the firm (namely : High Road, Medium or Low Road companies) and we implement local polynomial matching estimators. As a first attempt, consiclering the results provided by the local linear estimator, we show that Low Road firms, which employ workers with smaller wages, would have implemented later a WTR. High Road companies would have committed more often on job creations, but less often on 10 percent WTR.

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  • Fabrice Gilles, 2005. "Following the High Road or Not: What Does It Imply for Firms As to WTR Implementation," Documents de recherche 05-23, Centre d'Études des Politiques Économiques (EPEE), Université d'Evry Val d'Essonne.
  • Handle: RePEc:eve:wpaper:05-23

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    firm strategy; mandatory working time recluction; selection bias; multiple average treatment effects;

    JEL classification:

    • C14 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Semiparametric and Nonparametric Methods: General
    • C52 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric Modeling - - - Model Evaluation, Validation, and Selection
    • J38 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Public Policy
    • L10 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - General


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