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Diminishing Returns at Work: The Consequences of Long Working Hours

John H. Pencavel


This book concerns working hours - in the past and in the present, in America and in Britain. The focus is on the relationship between working hours and outcome , such as production and health. Proportional increases in working hours are shown to result in smaller proportional increases in production, and the benefits in output of long working hours may not offset the consequences of long hours for the health and quality of life of workers. A distinction is made between nominal hours (those that individuals are observed to be working) and effective hours (those that are effective in producing ... More

Keywords: working hour, output, health, earnings, trade union, production function, workday, workweek

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190876166
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190876166.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John H. Pencavel, author
Pauline K. Levin-Robert L. Levin and Pauline C. Levin-Abraham Levin Professor, Stanford University