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Not Working at Work: Loafing, Unemployment and Labor Productivity

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  • Burda, Michael Christopher
  • Genadek, Katie
  • Hamermesh, Daniel

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Using the American Time Use Survey (ATUS) 2003-12, we estimate time spent by workers in non-work while on the job. Non-work time is substantial and co-varies positively with the local unemployment rate. While the fraction of workers who spend some time in non-work varies pro-cyclically, the average time spent by workers in non-work conditional on any positive non-work varies countercyclically. These results are consistent with a model in which heterogeneous workers are paid efficiency wages to refrain from loafing on the job. That model also predicts relationships of the incidence and conditional amounts of non-work with wage rates and unemployment benefits that are observed in links of the ATUS to data characterizing states unemployment insurance schemes.

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  • Burda, Michael Christopher & Genadek, Katie & Hamermesh, Daniel, 2015. "Not Working at Work: Loafing, Unemployment and Labor Productivity," Annual Conference 2015 (Muenster): Economic Development - Theory and Policy 112905, Verein für Socialpolitik / German Economic Association.
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    • J22 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Time Allocation and Labor Supply
    • E24 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Employment; Unemployment; Wages; Intergenerational Income Distribution; Aggregate Human Capital; Aggregate Labor Productivity
    • J30 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - General

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