How Does Working-Time Flexibility Affect Workers' Productivity in a Routine Job? Evidence from a Field Experiment

52 Pages Posted: 5 Nov 2020

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Marie Boltz

Pontifical University Javeriana Cali - Faculty of Economics and Business Administration

Bart Cockx

Ghent University - Sherppa - Faculty of Economics and Business Administration; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA); CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute); IRES, Université Catholique de Louvain

Ana Maria Diaz

Catholic University of Louvain (UCL); Pontifical University Javeriana Inicio - Faculty of Economics and Business Administration

Luz Salas

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: 2020

Abstract

We conducted an experiment in which we hired workers under different types of contracts to evaluate how flexible working time affects on-the-job productivity in a routine job. Our approach breaks down the global impact on productivity into sorting and behavioral effects. We find that all forms of working-time flexibility reduce the length of workers’ breaks. For part-time work, these positive effects are globally counterbalanced. Yet arrangements that allow workers to decide when to start and stop working increase global productivity by as much as 50 percent, 40 percent of which is induced by sorting.

Keywords: flexible work arrangements, part-time work, productivity, labor market flexibility, work-life balance

JEL Classification: J210, J220, J230, J240, J330

Suggested Citation

Boltz, Marie and Cockx, Bart L. W. and Diaz, Ana Maria and Diaz, Ana Maria and Salas, Luz, How Does Working-Time Flexibility Affect Workers' Productivity in a Routine Job? Evidence from a Field Experiment (2020). CESifo Working Paper No. 8663, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3725302 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3725302

Marie Boltz (Contact Author)

Pontifical University Javeriana Cali - Faculty of Economics and Business Administration ( email )

Calle 40 No. 6-23 Piso 8
Bogota
Colombia

Bart L. W. Cockx

Ghent University - Sherppa - Faculty of Economics and Business Administration ( email )

Ghent, B-9000
Belgium

Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

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Germany

CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

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IRES, Université Catholique de Louvain

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Louvain-la-Neuve
Belgium

Ana Maria Diaz

Pontifical University Javeriana Inicio - Faculty of Economics and Business Administration ( email )

Colombia

Catholic University of Louvain (UCL) ( email )

Place Montesquieu, 3
Louvain-la-Neuve, 1348
Belgium

Luz Salas

affiliation not provided to SSRN

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