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Title:Unpaid overtime in Germany : differences between East and West PDF Logo
Authors:Anger, Silke
Issue Date:2003
Series/Report no.:Discussion papers of interdisciplinary research project 373 2003,42
Abstract:Although the standard work week is longer in East than in West Germany, there is a higher incidence and average amount of unpaid overtime worked in the new states. We try to explain the striking differences in unpaid overtime by analyzing the labor supply side. We focus on the investment character of overtime and examine whether workers use unpaid extra hours to signal higher productivity so as to reduce the risk of losing their job. Using panel data from the GSOEP we find partial evidence for our unemployment-overtime hypothesis.
Subjects:unpaid overtime
labor supply
signaling
unemployment
panel data
JEL:J22
C23
D80
Persistent Identifier of the first edition:urn:nbn:de:kobv:11-10050760
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:Discussion Papers, SFB 373, HU Berlin

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