How a Reduction of Standard Working Hours Affects Employment Dynamics

PM Santos Raposo, Jan van Ours

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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 languageUndefined/Unknown
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Subsequently published in De Economist, 2010 Pagination: 20

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