Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/125752
Authors: 
Gerold, Stefanie
Nocker, Matthias
Year of Publication: 
2015
Series/Report no.: 
WWWforEurope Working Paper 97
Abstract: 
This mixed-methods study examines factors determining employees‘ desire to reduce worktime. The results of a binary logit regression model, based on data from the Austrian Microcencus 2012, suggest that employees who prefer shorter weekly working hours are older, higher educated and work longer hours in white-collar positions, compared to those who do not wish to change their hours. Gender differences are greatest in terms of household and family characteristics, supporting the ‘male breadwinner & part-time’ model. Qualitative interviews have been conducted among employees who had the possibility to choose between a pay increase and equivalent leisure time via a new worktime policy (“Freizeitoption”) implemented in 2013. The results suggest that employees with higher education tend to reduce worktime. The fact that money is valued from a long-term, security perspective, as well as the tendency of assessing work performances by output indicators can be regarded as major obstacles for worktime reductions.
Subjects: 
Working hours
working time preferences
working time reduction
working time policy
collective bargaining
mixed-methods
JEL: 
J22
J33
J38
J51
J52
J58
Document Type: 
Working Paper
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