Do Workers Value Flexible Jobs? A Field Experiment

32 Pages Posted: 7 Jan 2019

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Haoran He

Beijing Normal University (BNU) - School of Economics and Business Administration

David Neumark

University of California, Irvine - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Qian Weng

Renmin University of China - School of Labor and Human Resources

Date Written: January 2019

Abstract

We explore workers’ valuation of job flexibility, using a field experiment conducted on a Chinese job board. Our experimental job ads differ randomly in offering jobs that are flexible regarding when one works (time flexibility) or where one works (place flexibility), and offering different salaries. Application rates are higher for flexible jobs, conditional on the salary offered, providing evidence that workers value job flexibility. Moreover, under some plausible conditions our evidence is informative about job seekers’ willingness to pay for flexible jobs of the types offered in the experiment, and points to fairly high valuation of the most flexible jobs.

Suggested Citation

He, Haoran and Neumark, David and Weng, Qian, Do Workers Value Flexible Jobs? A Field Experiment (January 2019). NBER Working Paper No. w25423, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3311395

Haoran He (Contact Author)

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Qian Weng

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