The impact of working-time reductions on actual hours and wages: evidence from Swedish register-data
2004 (English)In: Labour Economics, ISSN 0927-5371, E-ISSN 1879-1034, Vol. 11, no 5, 647-665 p.Article in journal (Refereed) PublishedText
The paper studies the impact on actual hours worked and hourly wages of a 5% reduction in working-time for one class of shift workers in Sweden using individual level panel data from employers' payroll records during the second quarter of each year. The main results are that actual hours only declined by approximately 35% of the reduction in standard hours, while hourly wages rose sharply-almost enough to leave monthly wages unaffected. Much larger effects on hours are found when studying the effects of the employees' locally determined scheduled hours. This indicates that a low rate of actual implementation may account for the limited impact on actual hours and suggests that using variation in self-reported, rather than contractual, standard hours may have biased the results of previous studies. (C) 2003 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2004. Vol. 11, no 5, 647-665 p.
Economics and Business
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-287882DOI: 10.1016/j.labeco.2003.06.002ISI: 000224369900006OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-287882DiVA: diva2:923551