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Working Long Hours and Early Career Outcomes in the High-End Labor Market

  • Gicheva, Dora

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    (University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Department of Economics)

This study establishes empirically a nonlinear relationship between hours worked per week and hourly wage growth: for workers who put in 48 hours per week or more, working 5 extra hours per week increases annual wage growth by about 1 percent. The average effect is zero when hours are below 48. This relationship is especially strong for young professional workers. I provide evidence in support of a model of promotions that combines higher skill-sensitivity of output in upper levels of the job ladder with worker heterogeneity. The results can be used to account for part of the gender wage gap.

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Paper provided by University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 10-3.

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Length: 66 pages
Date of creation: 26 Aug 2010
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Handle: RePEc:ris:uncgec:2010_003
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