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The Labor Supply of Self-Employed Workers: The Choice of Working Hours in Worker Co-ops

John Pencavel

No 8561, IZA Discussion Papers from Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)

Abstract: Workers in cooperatives are self-employed workers and, if they resemble employees in conventional workplaces, they care about the length of their working hours. In this paper, their choice of hours is characterized as a conventional labor supply decision and a familiar hours-wage relationship is derived. This is estimated using mill-year observations on the plywood co-ops in the Pacific Northwest. The results are compared with those from the work behavior of other self-employed workers and with working hours in capitalist plywood mills.

Keywords: worker co-ops; hours; labor supply (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J22 J54 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 38 pages
Date: 2014-10
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Published - published in: Journal of Comparative Economics, 2015, 43 (3), 677-689

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