13
Jun 2016

14:15 - 15:45
IWH Research Seminar

Not Working at Work: Loafing, Unemployment and Labor Productivity

We use the American Time Use Survey (ATUS) 2003-12 to estimate time spent by workers in non-work while on the job. Non-work time is substantial and varies positively with the local unemployment rate.

Who
Michael C. Burda, PhD  (Humboldt University of Berlin)
Where
IWH conference room
Michael C. Burda, PhD

Personal details

Michael Burda is Professor of Economics at School of Business and Economics, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. His field of interest are Labor Economics, Macroeconomics and European Integration.

We use the American Time Use Survey (ATUS) 2003-12 to estimate time spent by workers in non-work while on the job. Non-work time is substantial and varies positively with the local unemployment rate. While average time spent by workers in non-work conditional on any positive amount rises with the unemployment rate, the fraction of workers reporting positive values varies pro-cyclically, declining in recessions. These results are consistent with a model in which heterogeneous workers are paid efficiency wages to refrain from loafing on the job. That model correctly predicts relationships of the incidence and conditional amounts of non-work with wage rates and measures of unemployment benefits in state data linked to the ATUS, and it is consistent with estimated occupational differences.

Ansprechpartner

Felix Pohle
Felix Pohle
Economist

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