Working 40 hours or Not-Working 39 : Lessons from the 1981 Mandatory Reduction of Weekly Working Hours

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Bruno Crépon; Francis Kramarz;
  • Subject: Hours Reduction; Minimum Wage; Unemployment
    • jel: jel:J31 | jel:J23
    mesheuropmc: health care economics and organizations

We use longitudinal individual wage, hours, and employment data to investigate the effect of the 1981 mandatory reduction of weekly working hours in France. A few months after François Mitterrand's election of May 1981, the government, applying its programme decided fir... View more
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