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Work Hours Constraints and Health

31 Pages Posted: 16 Jan 2012  

David Bell

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Steffen Otterbach

University of Hohenheim - Institute for Health Care & Public Management; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Alfonso Sousa-Poza

University of Hohenheim - Institute of Household and Consumer Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Date Written: January 1, 2012

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.

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

JEL Classification: I10, J21, J22

Suggested Citation

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

David Bell (Contact Author)

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Steffen Otterbach

University of Hohenheim - Institute for Health Care & Public Management ( email )

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IZA Institute of Labor Economics ( email )

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Alfonso Sousa-Poza

University of Hohenheim - Institute of Household and Consumer Economics ( email )

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Germany
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HOME PAGE: http://www.uni-hohenheim.de/hhoek/englisch/people/alfonsosousapoza/index.html

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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Bonn, D-53072
Germany

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