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Working Time Accounts and Turnover

Andrey Launov ()

Scandinavian Journal of Economics, 2021, vol. 123, issue 3, 1025-1056

Abstract: Working time accounts are essentially bookkeeping tools that allow firms to smooth their demand for hours employed. Descriptive literature suggests that working time accounts can reduce layoffs and inhibit increases in unemployment during recessions. In a model of optimal labor demand, I show that working time accounts do not necessarily guarantee fewer layoffs at the firm level. Layoffs can fall or rise depending on whether a firm meets an economic downturn with a surplus or a deficit of hours, and on how productive the firm is. On aggregate and in expected terms, however, working time accounts reduce job destruction.

Date: 2021
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