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dc.contributor.authorBauer, Thomas K.en_US
dc.contributor.authorZimmermann, Klaus F.en_US
dc.description.abstractSharing the available stock of work more fairly is a popular concern in the public policydebate. One policy proposal is to reduce overtime work in order to allow the employment ofmore people. This paper suggests that such a concept faces major problems. UsingGermany as a case study, it is shown that the group of workers with the highest risks ofbecoming unemployed, namely the unskilled, also exhibit low levels of overtime work. Thosewho work overtime, namely the skilled, face excess demand on the labour market. Sinceskilled and unskilled workers are largely complements in production, a general reduction inovertime will lead to less production and hence also to a decline in the level of unskilledemployment. The paper provides empirical support for this line of argument. It is also shownthat paid overtime work has lost relative importance over time.en_US
dc.publisher|aInstitute for the Study of Labor (IZA) |cBonn-
dc.relation.ispartofseries|aIZA Discussion paper series |x48en_US
dc.subject.keywordHours of worken_US
dc.subject.keywordovertime workingen_US
dc.subject.keywordovertime compensationen_US
dc.titleOvertime Work and Overtime Compensation in Germanyen_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US

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