Trust-based working time spurs innovation

Holger Görg, Olivier N. Godart, Aoife Hanley, Christiane Krieger-Boden 08 July 2014

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The organisation of work has changed dramatically over the last few decades. In particular, the formerly rigidly regulated working time has been replaced by flexible working hour schemes in numerous firms around the world. Taking Germany as an example, in 2010, 36% of employees were entitled to some form of flexible working hours scheme (Figure 1).

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Topics:  Health economics Labour markets Productivity and Innovation

Tags:  Germany, working hours, trust, health, innovation, motivation, overtime, flexibility, working time

The effect of hours of work on social interaction

Henry Saffer, Karine Lamiraud 20 February 2008

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Do you know who your friends are? Have you seen them lately?

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Topics:  Labour markets

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Americans do work more than Europeans, but please don’t think that Europeans are lazy

Claudio Michelacci, Josep Pijoan-Mas 17 September 2007

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The aggregate amount of hours worked in the US and in Continental Europe has evolved quite differently over the last 35 years. In the 1970s the average number of working hours per capita was slightly larger in European countries such as France, Italy, and Germany than in the US. Today Americans work around 30% more than Europeans. These differences are important and they explain almost all existing US-Europe differences in GDP per capita: GDP per capita is today 30% higher in the US than in France or Germany, while productivity, measured by GDP per hour worked, is roughly equal.

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Topics:  Labour markets

Tags:  working hours, labour market conditions

More incentives for employees to work longer hours in US than in Europe

Josep Pijoan-Mas, Claudio Michelacci,

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Mon, 05/28/2007

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Since the 1970s, the number of hours worked per employee has fallen substantially in continental Europe, while it has remained roughly constant in the US after reverting a trend of secular decline. Using data from the Panel Study of Income Dynamics in the US and the German Socio-Economic Panel, the authors of CEPR DP6314 show that this divergence in the number of hours worked per employee on the two sides of the Atlantic can be explained by the evolution of the respective labour market conditions over the last three decades.

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