Working time, employment, and work sharing: Evidence from Sweden
2000 (English)In: Empirical Economics, ISSN 0377-7332, E-ISSN 1435-8921, Vol. 25, no 1, 169-187 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
We study three questions which are important for work sharing to increase employment. First, is there a negative long-run relation between working time and employment? Second, are hours per worker exogenous with respect to wages and employment? Third, can policy makers influence actual hours per worker? We formulate a theoretical model for employment, hours per worker, production, and real wages. A VAR model with cointegrating constraints is estimated by maximum likelihood using Swedish private sector data 1970:1–1990:4. We find (i) no long-run relation between hours per worker and employment, (ii) that hours per worker are endogenous with respect to the estimation of long-run parameters, and (iii) that legislated working time and hours per worker are related to each other in the long run.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2000. Vol. 25, no 1, 169-187 p.
work sharing, maximum likelihood cointegration, employment, hours per worker, real wages
Research subject Economics
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-68871DOI: 10.1007/s001810050009OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-68871DiVA: diva2:96782