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Not Enough Time?

Daniel Hamermesh ()

The American Economist, 2014, vol. 59, issue 2, 119-127

Abstract: This study summarizes evidence on various unique aspects of work time in the American labor market. Compared to workers in other rich countries, Americans: Work longer hours per week; take fewer paid vacations; are more likely to work on weekends or at nights; enjoy fewer daily hours of leisure; are more likely to feel pressured for time. Except for night/weekend work, these phenomena are concentrated among higher earners. Their workaholism spills over onto other workers and non-worker family members. The study indicates policy remedies for what appears to be an inferior labor-market equilibrium of excessive market work in the U.S.

Keywords: hours of work; time use; time stress (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2014
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DOI: 10.1177/056943451405900202

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