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Cyclical Variation in Labor Hours and Productivity Using the ATUS

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  • Michael C. Burda
  • Daniel S. Hamermesh
  • Jay Stewart

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We examine monthly variation in weekly work hours using data for 2003-10 from the Current Population Survey (CPS) on hours/worker, from the Current Employment Survey (CES) on hours/job, and from the American Time Use Survey (ATUS) on both. The ATUS data minimize recall difficulties and constrain hours of work to accord with total available time. The ATUS hours/worker are less cyclical than the CPS series, but the hours/job are more cyclical than the CES series. We present alternative estimates of productivity based on ATUS data and find that it is more pro-cyclical than other productivity measures.

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  • Michael C. Burda & Daniel S. Hamermesh & Jay Stewart, 2012. "Cyclical Variation in Labor Hours and Productivity Using the ATUS," NBER Working Papers 18603, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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    • E23 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Production
    • J22 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Time Allocation and Labor Supply

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