Long Work Hours and Health in China

41 Pages Posted: 30 Mar 2015

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Peng Nie

University of Hohenheim

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

Abstract

Using several waves of the China Health and Nutrition Survey (CHNS), this study analyzes the effect of long work hours on health and lifestyles in a sample of 18- to 65-year-old Chinese workers. Although working long hours does significantly increase the probabilities of high blood pressure and poorer reported health, the effects are small. Also small are the negative effects of long work hours on sleep time, fat intake, and the probabilities of sports participation or watching TV. We find no positive association between work time and different measures of obesity and no evidence of any association with calorie intake, food preparation and cooking time, or the sedentary activities of reading, writing, or drawing. In general, after controlling for a rich set of covariates and unobserved individual heterogeneity, we find little evidence that long work hours affect either the health or lifestyles of Chinese workers.

Keywords: long work hours, health, lifestyle, China

JEL Classification: I10, I12, J22, J81

Suggested Citation

Nie, Peng and Otterbach, Steffen and Sousa-Poza, Alfonso, Long Work Hours and Health in China. IZA Discussion Paper No. 8911, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2586414

Peng Nie (Contact Author)

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Steffen Otterbach

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