Working Hours in Supply Chain Chinese and Thai Factories: Evidence from the Fair Labor Association's ‘Soccer Project’

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Russell Smyth

Monash University - Department of Economics

Xiaolei Qian

Fair Labor Association

Ingrid L. Nielsen

Deakin University

Ines Kaempfer

Fair Labor Association

Date Written: June 2013

Abstract

This article examines the determinants of working excessive hours, defined as working in excess of 60 hours per week or for more than six consecutive days, in Chinese and Thai supply chain factories. We use a matched employer–employee dataset collected from 15 Chinese and Thai footwear and sporting apparel supply chain factories, which supply international brands. Matched employer–employee data allow us to examine the effect of worker and firm characteristics on hours worked. We find that in addition to the demographic and human capital characteristics of workers, firm‐level characteristics and worker awareness of how to refuse overtime are important in explaining variation in hours worked.

Suggested Citation

Smyth, Russell and Qian, Xiaolei and Nielsen, Ingrid L. and Kaempfer, Ines, Working Hours in Supply Chain Chinese and Thai Factories: Evidence from the Fair Labor Association's ‘Soccer Project’ (June 2013). British Journal of Industrial Relations, Vol. 51, Issue 2, pp. 382-408, 2013, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2267664 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8543.2011.00881.x

Russell Smyth

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Xiaolei Qian

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Ingrid L. Nielsen

Deakin University ( email )

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Ines Kaempfer

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