Shift Work, Compensating Wage Differentials and the Impact on Leisure

Juliane Scheffel
Humboldt Universitšt zu Berlin, Germany

The share of shiftwork is steadily rising inGermany. I useGerman TimeUseData for the year 2001/02 to assess whether men choose to work shifts due to the associated wage premium or because of preferences. I find a significant and strong selection into shift work suggesting that workers with lower potential daytime earnings are more likely to choose shift work due to the associated wage differential. Additionally, I find a considerable wage premiumfor shift work. Moreover, I analyze the impact of shift work on the private life and more specifically on the fraction of leisure spent alone. Older men with employed partners and those who work during weekends are most strongly affected by shift work.

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