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How Does Working-Time Flexibility Affect Workers' Productivity in a Routine Job? Evidence from a Field Experiment

Marie Boltz, Bart Cockx (), Ana Diaz Escobar and Luz Salas ()
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Luz Salas: Pontificia Universidad Javeriana

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Abstract: How Does Working-Time Flexibility Affect Worker's Productivity in a Routine Job? Evidence from a Field Experiment Abstract: We conducted an experiment in which we hired workers under different types of contracts to evaluate how flexible working time affects on-the-job productivity in a routine job. Our approach breaks down the global impact on productivity into sorting and behavioral effects. We find that all forms of working-time flexibility reduce the length of workers' breaks. For part-time work, these positive effects are globally counterbalanced. Yet arrangements that allow workers to decide when to start and stop working increase global productivity by as much as 50 percent, 40 percent of which is induced by sorting.

Keywords: Work-life balance; Labor market flexibility; Productivity; Part-time work; Flexible work arrangements; Travail à temps partiel; Horaires de travail flexibles; Productivité; Flexibilité du marché du travail; Equilibre entre vie professionnelle et vie privée (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020-10
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Published in 2020

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