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Title:Differences in US-German Time-Allocation: Why Do Americans Work Longer Hours than Germans? PDF Logo
Authors:Schettkat, Ronald
Issue Date:2003
Series/Report no.:IZA Discussion paper series 697
Abstract:The conventional view is that Americans work longer hours than Germans and other Europeans but when time in household production is included, overall working time is very similar on both sides of the Atlantic. Americans spend more time on market work but German invest more in household production. This paper examines whether these differences in the allocation of time can be explained by differences in the incentive structure, this is by the taxwedge and differences in the wage differentials, as economic theory suggests. Its analysis of unique time-use data reveals that the differences in time-allocation patterns can indeed be explained by economic variables.
Subjects:time use
working hours
employment
household production
JEL:D12
J22
H31
D13
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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