Work Hours Constraints and Health
David N.F. Bell
University of Stirling - Department of Economics; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)
University of Hohenheim - Institute for Health Care & Public Management; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)
University of Hohenheim - Institute of Household and Consumer Economics; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)
IZA Discussion Paper No. 6126
The issue of whether employees who work more hours than they want to suffer adverse health consequences is important not only at the individual level but also for governmental formation of work time policy. Our study investigates this question by analyzing the impact of the discrepancy between actual and desired work hours on self-perceived health outcomes in Germany and the United Kingdom. Based on nationally representative longitudinal data, our results show that work-hour mismatches (i.e., differences between actual and desired hours) have negative effects on workers’ health. In particular, we show that “overemployment” – working more hours than desired – has negative effects on different measures of self-perceived health.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 32
Keywords: work time, hours constraints, health, Germany, United Kingdom
JEL Classification: I10, J21, J22working papers series
Date posted: November 28, 2011
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