Do Peers Affect Determination of Work Hours? Evidence Based on Unique Employee Data from Global Japanese Firms in Europe

Sachiko Kuroda, Isamu Yamamoto

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    By using a unique dataset on managerial-level employees who were transferred from Japan to European branches of the same global firms, we examine what would happen to work hours when a worker moves from a long-hour-working country to relatively shorter-hour countries. Even after controlling for business cycles, unobserved individual heterogeneity, job characteristics, and work hour regulations, we find a significant decline in Japanese work hours after their transfer to Europe, resulting from working-behavior influences of locally hired staff. We also find that the reduction in hours worked highly depends on the extent of the workers' interactions with local peers.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)359-388
    Number of pages30
    JournalJournal of Labor Research
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 2013 Sep



    • Group-interaction effect
    • Neighborhood effect
    • Paid leave
    • Peer effect
    • Work hours

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
    • Management of Technology and Innovation
    • Strategy and Management

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