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Working Long Hours and Early Career Outcomes in the High-End Labor Market

Dora Gicheva

Journal of Labor Economics, 2013, vol. 31, issue 4, 785 - 824

Abstract: This study establishes empirically a positive but nonlinear relationship between weekly hours and hourly wage growth. For workers who put in over 47 hours per week, 5 extra hours are associated with a 1% increase in annual wage growth. This correlation is not present when hours are lower. The relationship is especially strong for young professionals. Data on promotions provide evidence in support of a job-ladder model that combines higher skill sensitivity of output in higher-level jobs with heterogeneous preferences for leisure. The results can be used to account for part of the gender wage gap.

Date: 2013
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