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What determines work hours?: who you work with or where you work

  • KURODA, Sachiko

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  • YAMAMOTO, Isamu

By using a unique dataset on managerial-level employees who were transferred from Japan to European branches of the same global firms, we examine what would happen to work hours when a worker moves from a long-hour-working country to relatively shorter-hour countries. Even after controlling for business cycles, unobserved individual heterogeneity, job characteristics, and work hour regulations, we find a significant decline in Japanese work hours after their transfer to Europe, resulting from working-behavior influences of locally hired staff. We also find that the reduction in hours worked highly depends on the extent of the workersf interactions with local peers.

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Paper provided by Institute of Social Science, The University of Tokyo in its series ISS Discussion Paper Series (series F) with number f155.

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Length: 38 pages
Date of creation: 11 Mar 2011
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Handle: RePEc:itk:issdps:f155
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