‘Hours worked around the world – facts and driving forces’

Hours worked used to be higher in Europe than in the US at the end of WWII, but nowadays Europeans work on average substantially fewer hours than their American counterparts. Moreover, there is substantial variation across European countries: While British adults work on average 1180 hours per year, Germans work 1110 hours, and Italians only 900 hours. What factors contribute to these hours differences across countries? Which groups exhibit the largest differences? And how do hours worked in the poorest countries of the world compare to those in the industrialized countries? The lecture will present new facts on hours worked differences across countries, and analyze their driving forces.

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