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The E↵ect of Working Hours on Health

Inés Berniell () and Jan Bietenbeck

No 4210, Working Papers from Asociación Argentina de Economía Política

Abstract: Does working time a↵ect workers’ health? We study this question in the context of a French reform which reduced the standard workweek from 39 to 35 hours, at constant earnings. Our empirical analysis exploits arguably exogenous variation in the reduction of working time across employers, which was driven by the institutional features of the reform. We find that shorter working hours reduce smoking and increase self-reported health, and that these impacts are concentrated among blue-collar workers. In contrast, white-collar workers’ body mass index decreases with reduced working time.

Keywords: working hours; health; smoking; BMI (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I10 I12 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 31 pages
Date: 2019-11
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