The Timing of Labor Demand

IZA Logo
   

IZA Seminar

Place: Schaumburg-Lippe-Str. 9, 53113 Bonn

Date: 02.09.2008, 12:15 - 13:30

   

Presentation by 

Daniel S. Hamermesh (Barnard College)
   

Abstract:

We examine the timing of firmsí operations in a formal model of labor demand. Merging a variety of data sets from Portugal from 2003, we describe temporal patterns of firmsí demand for labor and estimate production-functions and relative labor-demand equations. The results demonstrate the existence of substitution of employment across times of the day/week and show that legislated penalties for work at irregular hours induce firms to alter their operating schedules. The results suggest a role for such penalties in an unregulated labor market, such as the United States, in which unusually large fractions of work are performed at night and on weekends.

   
Download complete paper   
   
For more information, please contact seminar@iza.org