Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/110743
Authors: 
Collewet, Marion
de Grip, Andries
de Koning, Jaap
Year of Publication: 
2015
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 9011
Abstract: 
This paper uncovers 'conspicuous work' as a new form of status seeking that can explain social interactions in labour supply. We analyse how peer working time relates to both labour supply and happiness for Dutch male workers. Using a unique measure of peer weekly working time, we find that men's working time increases with that of their peers and that peer working time is negatively related to men's happiness. These findings are consistent with a 'conspicuous work' model, in which individuals derive status from working time.
Subjects: 
well-being
social norms
working hours
JEL: 
J22
I31
D62
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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