Motivation to Work, Labor Income Taxes and Life Satisfaction: Hungary, Estonia, Continental Europe and the United States
Nadirov, O., & Aliyev, K. (2016). Motivation to work, labor income taxes and life satisfaction: Hungary, Estonia, Continental Europe and the United States. In 3rd Global Conference on Business, Economics, Management and Tourism. pp.373-379. Elsevier Science BV.
7 Pages Posted: 31 Jul 2020
Date Written: 2016
The primary findings of this paper are that the increase in hours worked per employee comes at the expense of life satisfaction, and differences in labor income taxes cannot account for differences in time allocation. Once life satisfaction is included, the hypotheses of previous neoclassical economic studies is almost irrelevant in determining the response of market hours to higher taxes. We find a negative relationship between hours worked across countries and life satisfaction. In the countries with the highest hours worked (Hungary, Estonia), leisure is generally preferred to wealth and in the lowest hours worked ( France, Germany), wealth is preferred to leisure.
Keywords: Motivation to Work; Hours Worked; Life Satisfaction; Labor Income Tax
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