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 In particular, the formerly rigidly regulated working time has been replaced by flexible working hour schemes in numerous firms around the world.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 “de-taxation” of overtime hours: Lessons from the French experiment

Pierre Cahuc, Stéphane Carcillo 02 February 2011

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In France, since 1 October 2007, remuneration paid for hours worked overtime has been exempt from income tax and a substantial portion of social security contributions. This “de-taxation” was an essential plank of the economic policy introduced after the presidential elections of May 2007. For France's new president, Nicolas Sarkozy, de-taxation of overtime hours offered numerous advantages. In promoting work, it sounded the death knell of the Malthusian culture symbolised by the 35-hour work week, which impact on employment was open to legitimate doubt.

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Topics:  Labour markets Taxation

Tags:  France, taxation, overtime, labour market