Time Use and Productivity: The Wage Returns to Sleep
Matthew Gibson () and
No 2015-17, Department of Economics Working Papers from Department of Economics, Williams College
We investigate the productivity effects of the single largest use of time - sleep. Using time use diaries from the United States, we demonstrate that later sunset time reduces worker sleep and wages. Sunset time one hour later decreases short-run wages by 0.5% and long-run wages by 4.5%. After investigating this relationship and ruling out alternative hypotheses, we implement an instrumental variables specification that provides the first causal estimates of the impact of sleep on wages. A one-hour increase in average weekly sleep increases wages by 1.5% in the short run and by 4.9% in the long run.
JEL-codes: J22 J24 J31 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 74 pages
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