Is Lunch and Other Break Time Productive in Sweden?: A Hedonic Earnings Approach
INDUSTRIAL AND LABOR RELATIONS REVIEW, January 1997
Posted: 16 Oct 1996
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
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