How a Reduction of Standard Working Hours Affects Employment Dynamics

P.M. Santos Raposo, J.C. van Ours

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Abstract

On December 1, 1996, a new law was implemented in Portugal to gradually reduce the stan- dard working week from 44 to 40 hours. We study how this mandatory reduction affected employment through job creation and job destruction. We find evidence that the working hours reduction had a positive effect on employment through a fall in job destruction.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationTilburg
PublisherEconometrics
Number of pages20
Volume2009-50
Publication statusPublished - 2009

Publication series

NameCentER Discussion Paper
Volume2009-50

Keywords

  • Workweek reduction
  • policy reform
  • employment dynamics

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    Santos Raposo, P. M., & van Ours, J. C. (2009). How a Reduction of Standard Working Hours Affects Employment Dynamics. (CentER Discussion Paper; Vol. 2009-50). Econometrics.