Is Lunch and Other Break Time Productive in Sweden?: A Hedonic Earnings Approach

INDUSTRIAL AND LABOR RELATIONS REVIEW, January 1997

Posted: 16 Oct 1996

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Paul S. Carlin

Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) - Department of Economics

Abstract

This hedonic earnings analysis suggests that in Sweden in the mid-1980s, break time was, overall, productive at the margin--a result that contrasts with findings from similar studies using U.S. data. Among workers in "male" jobs, however, break time for meals appears to have been significantly less productive at the margin than normal work. To try to account for the male job effect, the author explores the possibility that high-productivity, high-earning workers took longer breaks than other workers in response to steeply progressive marginal tax rates. The results of his further analysis provide no support for this tax rate explanation.

JEL Classification: J24

Suggested Citation

Carlin, Paul S., Is Lunch and Other Break Time Productive in Sweden?: A Hedonic Earnings Approach. INDUSTRIAL AND LABOR RELATIONS REVIEW, January 1997, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3414

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