How Do Average Hours Worked Vary with Development? Cross-Country Evidence and Implications

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Alexander Bick

Arizona State University (ASU) - Economics Department

Nicola Fuchs-Schündeln

Goethe University Frankfurt

David Lagakos

University of California, San Diego (UCSD) - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

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Date Written: February 2016

Abstract

How do average hours worked vary across the world income distribution? To answer this question, we build a new internationally comparable database of hours worked covering countries of all income levels. We document that average hours worked per adult are substantially higher in low-income countries than in high-income countries. This pattern holds for both men and women, for adults of all ages and education levels, and along both the extensive margin (employment rates) and intensive margin (hours per worker). Our results imply that labor productivity and welfare differences across countries are larger than suggested by differences in consumption per capita.

Keywords: hours worked, labor supply

JEL Classification: E01, E24, J21, J22

Suggested Citation

Bick, Alexander and Fuchs-Schündeln, Nicola and Lagakos, David, How Do Average Hours Worked Vary with Development? Cross-Country Evidence and Implications (February 2016). CEPR Discussion Paper No. DP11092, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2733026

Alexander Bick (Contact Author)

Arizona State University (ASU) - Economics Department ( email )

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Nicola Fuchs-Schündeln

Goethe University Frankfurt ( email )

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David Lagakos

University of California, San Diego (UCSD) - Department of Economics ( email )

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National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) ( email )

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