Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/58594
Authors: 
Bell, David
Otterbach, Steffen
Sousa-Poza, Alfonso
Year of Publication: 
2011
Series/Report no.: 
Discussion Paper series, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit 6126
Abstract: 
The issue of whether employees who work more hours than they want to suffer adverse health consequences is important not only at the individual level but also for governmental formation of work time policy. Our study investigates this question by analyzing the impact of the discrepancy between actual and desired work hours on self-perceived health outcomes in Germany and the United Kingdom. Based on nationally representative longitudinal data, our results show that work-hour mismatches (i.e., differences between actual and desired hours) have negative effects on workers' health. In particular, we show that overemployment - working more hours than desired - has negative effects on different measures of self-perceived health.
Subjects: 
work time
hours constraints
health
Germany
United Kingdom
JEL: 
I10
J21
J22
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Document Type: 
Working Paper

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