Understanding Flexible Work Scheduling: A Behavioral Economic Approach

RESEARCH IN THE SOCIOLOGY OF WORK: WORKPLACE TEMPORALITIES, Beth Rubin, ed., Vol. 17, pp. 313-341, 2007

39 Pages Posted: 17 Jan 2010 Last revised: 11 Feb 2015

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Morris Altman

University of Newcastle

Lonnie Golden

Pennsylvania State University - Abington College; Economic Policy Institute; Project for Middle Class Renewal

Date Written: 2007

Abstract

A theoretical economic model is developed to explain the disparities in flexible work scheduling observed across firms, workplaces, sectors, and time periods. Given heterogeneity in firms’ costs, the supply of flextime is determined by firms’ costs of enacting versus not adopting it. The innovative practice would be adopted if it generates net unit labor cost savings. If it is cost neutral, the extent to which the supply of flextime falls short of worker demand for it depends on the extent to which employers must accommodate employee preferences for more time sovereignty and are induced by policy incentives to switch to flexible scheduling.

Keywords: Flexible work, Firms, Sectors, Costs, Innovation, Policy incentives

JEL Classification: J22, J23, J41, L23

Suggested Citation

Altman, Morris and Golden, Lonnie, Understanding Flexible Work Scheduling: A Behavioral Economic Approach (2007). RESEARCH IN THE SOCIOLOGY OF WORK: WORKPLACE TEMPORALITIES, Beth Rubin, ed., Vol. 17, pp. 313-341, 2007 . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1536851

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