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Work time and well-being for workers at home: evidence from the American Time Use Survey

José Ignacio Giménez-Nadal, José Alberto Molina () and Jorge Velilla ()
Authors registered in the RePEc Author Service: Jose Ignacio Gimenez-Nadal ()

International Journal of Manpower, 2019, vol. 41, issue 2, 184-206

Abstract: Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to analyze the time-allocation decisions of individuals who work from home (i.e. teleworkers), and compare them with their commuter counterparts. Design/methodology/approach - Using data from the American Time Use Survey for the years 2003–2015, the authors analyze the time spent working, and the timing of work, of both commuters and teleworkers. Findings - Results show that teleworkers devote 40 percent less time to market work activities than do commuters, and less than 60 percent of teleworkers work at “regular hours,” vs around 80 percent of their commuter counterparts. Using information from the Well-being Module for the years 2012 and 2013, the authors find that male teleworkers experience lower levels of negative feelings while working than do commuters. Originality/value - This paper addresses the timing of work of workers working from home; and the instant well-being experienced, exploiting information at diary level.

Keywords: Telework; American time use survey; Instantaneous well-being; Market work time (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
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