Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/227358
Authors: 
Liu, Bo
Hirsch, Barry
Year of Publication: 
2020
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers No. 13831
Abstract: 
Winter weather affects hours worked. We examine how work hours reported in the monthly Current Population Survey (CPS) vary with respect to snowfall in 265 metropolitan areas over the years 2004-2014. The effects of snowfall on work hours vary across types of workers, occupation, industry, and region. Losses in work hours due to snow events are particularly large in the South and among construction workers. An average daily inch of snowfall during a reference week reduces work by about an hour. Few of the hours lost from large snowfalls are "made-up" in subsequent weeks. A "back-of-an-envelope" calculation suggests that in an average year, snow leads to a 0.15 percent loss in annual hours worked, a small but nontrivial impact.
Subjects: 
work hours and snow
regional adaptation
heterogeneity by industry
occupation
work type
JEL: 
J22
O4
Q54
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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