The Productivity of Working Hours

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John H. Pencavel

Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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Date Written: December 2015

Abstract

Observations on munition workers, most of them women, are organised to examine the relationship between their output and their working hours. The relationship is nonā€linear: below an hour's threshold, output is proportional to hours; above a threshold, output rises at a decreasing rate as hours increase. Implications of this finding for the estimation of labour supply functions are considered. The findings also link up with the current research on the effects of long working hours on accidents and injuries.

Suggested Citation

Pencavel, John H., The Productivity of Working Hours (December 2015). The Economic Journal, Vol. 125, Issue 589, pp. 2052-2076, 2015. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2716791 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ecoj.12166

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