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González Chapela, Jorge
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[Journal:] SERIEs - Journal of the Spanish Economic Association [ISSN:] 1869-4195 [Volume:] 6 [Year:] 2015 [Issue:] 2 [Pages:] 153-177
About half of all employees in Spain are on a daytime split work schedule, i.e. they typically work for 5 h in the morning, take a 2-hour break at lunch time, and work for another 3 h in the afternoon/evening. This paper studies the effects of split work schedule on workers' psychological well-being, daily time use, and productivity. Using cross-sectional data from the 2002 to 2003 Spanish Time Use Survey, I find that female split-shifters experience an increased feeling of being at least sometimes overwhelmed by tasks and not having enough time to complete them. On working days, a split work schedule is positively related to time spent on the job, sleeping, and eating and drinking, and negatively associated with time spent on housework, parental child care, and leisure activities. Most of the time-use effects are similar across the sexes, and only a few of the time reductions are partly made up on days off. I also find that the split work schedule is associated with lower hourly wages.
Split shifts
Role overload
Time use
Labor productivity
Spanish time use survey
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