Working Time: International Trends, Theory and Policy Perspectives / Edition 1

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This book presents the first comprehensive analysis of both paid and unpaid work time, integrating a unique discussion of overwork, underwork, shortening of the work week, and flexible work practices.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415228343
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 10/19/2000
  • Series: Routledge Advances in Social Economics Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Lonnie Golden is Associate Professor of Economics at Pennsylvania State University. Deborah M. Figart is Professor of Economics at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.

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Table of Contents

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1 Introduction and overview: understanding working time around the world 1
Pt. I Current trends and patterns in work hours: what is the evidence? 19
2 The enigma of working time trends 21
3 Working time reduction in the European Union: a diversity of trends and approaches 38
4 The longest day: working time for teachers 57
5 Working hours and time pressure: the controversy about trends in time use 73
Pt. II Empirical and theoretical foundations: explaining overwork and underemployment 87
6 Who are the overworked Americans? 89
7 The incentive to work hard: differences in black and white workers' hours and preferences 106
8 Driven to spend: longer work hours as a byproduct of market forces 127
9 Natural, social, and political limits to work time: the contemporary relevance of Marx's analysis 143
10 Revising the labor supply curve: implications for work time and minimum wage legislation 159
Pt. III Innovations in working time and public policy 175
11 Working time reductions, employment consequences and lessons from Europe: defusing a quasi-religious controversy 177
12 The "lump-of-labor" case against work-sharing: populist fallacy or marginalist throwback? 196
13 Better timing?: work schedule flexibility among US workers and policy directions 212
14 The social implications of European work time policies: promoting gender equity? 232
15 History and housework: implications for work hours and family policy in market economies 251
Index 263
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