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Work Hours Constraints and Health


David Bell


affiliation not provided to SSRN

Steffen Otterbach


University of Hohenheim - Institute for Health Care & Public Management; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

Alfonso Sousa-Poza


University of Hohenheim - Institute of Household and Consumer Economics; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

January 1, 2012

SOEPpaper No. 424

Abstract:     
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: 31

Keywords: Work Time, Hours Constraints, Health, Germany, United Kingdom

JEL Classification: I10, J21, J22

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Date posted: January 16, 2012  

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Bell, David and Otterbach, Steffen and Sousa-Poza, Alfonso, Work Hours Constraints and Health (January 1, 2012). SOEPpaper No. 424. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1986142 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1986142

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David Bell (Contact Author)
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Steffen Otterbach
University of Hohenheim - Institute for Health Care & Public Management ( email )
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Alfonso Sousa-Poza
University of Hohenheim - Institute of Household and Consumer Economics ( email )
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Kavaliershaus 4 116
70599 Stuttgart
Germany
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HOME PAGE: http://www.uni-hohenheim.de/hhoek/englisch/people/alfonsosousapoza/index.html
Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)
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Germany
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