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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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  • Boltz, Marie

    (Université de Strasbourg)

  • Cockx, Bart

    (Ghent University)

  • Diaz, Ana Maria

    (Pontificia Universidad Javeriana)

  • Salas, Luz

    (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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  • Boltz, Marie & Cockx, Bart & Diaz, Ana Maria & Salas, Luz, 2020. "How Does Working-Time Flexibility Affect Workers' Productivity in a Routine Job? Evidence from a Field Experiment," IZA Discussion Papers 13825, Institute of Labor Economics (IZA).
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    Keywords

    labor market flexibility; productivity; part-time work; flexible work arrangements; work–life balance;
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    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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