First published in 1987, this Routledge Revival reissues the first systematic and integrated analysis of working time and employment, reaching to the core elements of a vital area of labour economics. It offers both a comprehensive analysis of the impact of workweek reductions on employment and hours as well as a thorough coverage of part-time employment, temporary lay-offs, short-time working, labour subsidies, social security funding, mandatory and early retirement and collective bargaining.
This book provides the first comprehensive attempt to examine carefully the key economic issues involved in the general policy debate on working time and employment. This reissue will be of serious interest to advanced undergraduates, post-graduates and researchers in labour economics, and will also be relevant to the interests in labour microeconomics, macroeconomics, business economics and management studies.
1. Background and aims 2. Working Time and Employment in an International Perspective 3. A Labour Market Framework 4. Some Economic Concepts and Relationships 5. Employment Effects of Workweek Reductions: Theoretical Issues 6. Employment Effects of Workweek Reductions: Empirical Evidence 7. Part-Time Employment: The Demand and Supply of Workers and Hours 8. Hours, Layoffs and Implicit Contracts 9. Labour Subsidies and Social Security Funding 10. Retirement and Employment 11. Collective Bargaining Constraints 12. More Jobs through Shorter Hours