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Title:Overtime Work, Overtime Compensation and the Distribution of Economic Well-Being: Evidence for West Germany and Great Britain PDF Logo
Authors:Pannenberg, Markus
Wagner, Gert G.
Issue Date:2001
Series/Report no.:IZA Discussion Papers 318
Abstract:Using panel data for West Germany and Great Britain, we show that there are striking differences in overtime work and overtime compensation in the two countries in the 1990s. Our estimates reveal that the observed overtime patterns affect both the evolution of the monthly labour earnings distribution and individual economic well-being differently in West Germany and Great Britain. Besides varying labour market institutions in the two countries a higher incidence of a combination of performance-related pay and unpaid overtime in Great Britain is an important factor in explaining the observed differences. With regards to West Germany, we show that the current policy of transforming paid overtime in ?working time accounts?, which is conducted in the spirit of ?work-sharing?, is neither beneficial for employed workers in terms of income mobility, nor in terms of overall job satisfaction nor in terms of working time preferences.
wage inequality
economic well-being
semi-parametric decomposition technique
panel data
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)
Publikationen von Forscherinnen und Forschern des DIW Berlin

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