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Employment and Length of the Working Week in a Unionized Economy in which Hours of Work Influence Productivity

Booth, Alison L and Ravallion, Martin (1993) 'Employment and Length of the Working Week in a Unionized Economy in which Hours of Work Influence Productivity.' Economic Record, 69 (207). pp. 428-36. ISSN 0013-0249

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Abstract

Conditions are derived for signing the employment effects in a unionized economy of a legislated cut in hours when productivity depends on the number of hours worked each week. Aggregate data suggest that employment will generally increase after a small cut in hours for the United Kingdom but the employment effect is ambiguous for Australia. Disaggregate data for Australia suggest that the employment effect of a cut in hours is often positive. However, any cut in hours imposed on a monopoly union, without a cut in pay, will unambiguously lead to a drop in employment.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Economics, Department of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 18 Jul 2012 10:10
Last Modified: 18 Jul 2012 10:10
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/3203

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