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Vacation Leave, Work Hours and Wages: New Evidence from Linked Employer-Employee Data

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  • Fakih, Ali

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This paper provides new evidence on the determinants of vacation leave and its relationship to hours worked and hourly wages by examining the case of Canada. Previous studies from the US, using individual level data, have revealed that annual work hours fall by around 53 hours for each additional week of vacation used. Exploiting a linked employer-employee dataset that allows to control for detailed observed demographic, job, and firm characteristics, we find instead that annual hours of work fall by only 29 hours for each additional week of vacation used. Our findings support the hypothesis that pressure at work may lead employees to use more vacation days, but also causes them to work for longer hours.

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  • Fakih, Ali, 2014. "Vacation Leave, Work Hours and Wages: New Evidence from Linked Employer-Employee Data," IZA Discussion Papers 8469, Institute of Labor Economics (IZA).
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    work hours; used vacation leave; paid vacation leave; wages; linked employer-employee data;
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    • J22 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Time Allocation and Labor Supply
    • M52 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Personnel Economics - - - Compensation and Compensation Methods and Their Effects

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