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The Employment Effects of a Shorter Working Week

Booth, Alison L and Schiantarelli, Fabio (1987) 'The Employment Effects of a Shorter Working Week.' Economica, 54 (214). pp. 237-48. ISSN 0013-0427

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Labor organizations currently argue that reducing the standard working week will help lower the high unemployment of the 1980s. Opponents maintai n that this will increase labor costs, and therefore not alleviate un employment. This paper analyzes the employment effects of a cut in ho urs, using the monopoly union and efficient bargaining models of the union and firm. Under various developments of the models, the results are quite consistent: a reduction in hours has employment effects th at are at best ambiguous and very often negative. A puzzle remains as to why trade unions are pressing for shorter hours.

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 09:59
Last Modified: 18 Jul 2012 09:59

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