Todd L. Idson, Philip Robins

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This paper develops and estimates a model of the labor supply for overtime work when some workers' choices are constrained by mandatory overtime provisions of employers. Economic incentives are shown to have a significant effect on workers' overtime decisions. Policy simulations suggest that an increase in the overtime premium would lead to greater voluntary overtime work, as would a lowering of the level of weekly hours after which the mandatory premium takes effect. The estimated effects of these changes are not quantitatively large, indicating that workers are fairly insensitive to changes in monetary incentives in making overtime decisions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)79-91
Number of pages13
JournalEconomic Inquiry
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1991
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)
  • Economics and Econometrics

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