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Advertising And Labour Supply : Why Do Americans Work Such Long Hours?

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  • Cowling, Keith

    (University of Warwick)

  • Poolsombat, Rattanasuda

    (University of Warwick)

Abstract

Americans are working much longer hours in the paid labour market than workers in Western Europe. Much of the debate focuses on whether this is the result of voluntary worker choice or whether this is a decision imposed on workers by their employers. This paper shows that American hours of work have become more or less stabilised as a result of the rising intensity of advertising in the U.S. : advertising may raise the desired amount of marketed goods and services for which workers find it necessary to work long hours.

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  • Cowling, Keith & Poolsombat, Rattanasuda, 2007. "Advertising And Labour Supply : Why Do Americans Work Such Long Hours?," The Warwick Economics Research Paper Series (TWERPS) 789, University of Warwick, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:wrk:warwec:789
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    1. Robert J. Gordon, 2004. "Two Centuries of Economic Growth: Europe Chasing the American Frontier," NBER Working Papers 10662, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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    Keywords

    Advertising ; Time Allocation and Labour Supply;

    JEL classification:

    • M37 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Marketing and Advertising - - - Advertising
    • J22 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Time Allocation and Labor Supply

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