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How do Unusual Working Schedules Affect Social Life?

Juliane Scheffel ()

SFB 649 Discussion Papers from Humboldt University, Collaborative Research Center 649

Abstract: The widening of the working hour distribution complicates the coordination of social leisure. This paper examines the short- and long-run impact of unusual working schedules on social life using German Time Use Data for 2001/02. I find evidence that younger workers with higher than median earnings seem to accept higher levels of solitary leisure as investment and because of the substantial wage premia. Younger workers tend to substitute sleep with free time. Older workers, in contrast, tend to sleep less which can be interpreted as elevated risk of mental and physical health.

Keywords: ShiftWork; Non-StandardWorking Hours; Time Allocation; Social Capital; Social Life; Solitary Leisure; Adverse Consequences (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D62 J22 J28 J81 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 43 pages
Date: 2011-05
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