Does worksharing work? Some empirical evidence from the IAB-establishment panel

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Abstract

Recent policy debate in Europe suggests that a shorter workweek will lead to more jobs (worksharing). We derive and estimate a model where the firm employs two types of workers, some working overtime, the rest standard hours. Worksharing is not always a prediction of the theory. Using German establishment-level panel data (the IAB-Establishment panel), 1993-1999, we find no evidence of pro-worksharing effects except in small plants in the East German non-service sector. There is evidence that a cut in standard hours lowers the proportion of overtime workers in a plant, as predicted by the theory, and increases the proportion of standard-time plants. © Scottish Economic Society 2005.

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)141-176
Number of pages35
JournalScottish Journal of Political Economy
Volume52
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2005