How working time reduction affects jobs and wages

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

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In 1996, by law the maximum standard workweek in Portugal was reduced from 44 h to 40 h. We find that for workers involved this change reduced the job separation rate and increased hourly wages, keeping monthly earnings approximately constant. The working hours reduction also affected workers working less than 40 h per week; they were more likely to lose their job.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)61-63
JournalEconomics Letters
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2010


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