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Bad Times: The Impact of Changes in Work Schedules on Productivity Growth

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Publication Date: November 2004

Publisher(s): Center for Economic and Policy Research

Author(s): John Schmitt; Dean Baker

Topic: Labor (Labor conditions, wages, salaries, and benefits)

Keywords: Worker productivity; Nonstandard hours; Work schedules

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


More than 15 percent of all hours worked in the U.S. are worked during evenings, nights and weekends. This paper examines how simply accounting for types of hours worked could substantially alter our understanding of economic progress and the relative productivity rankings of national economies.