Get a life? The impact of the European working time directive : the case of UK senior doctors

Dolton, Peter J., Kidd, Michael P., & Fooken, Jonas (2015) Get a life? The impact of the European working time directive : the case of UK senior doctors. Health Economics, 24(10), pp. 1272-1288.

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Abstract

This paper seeks to identify the effect of the implementation of the European Working Time Directive (EWTD) on the working hours of UK doctors. The Labour Force Survey is used to compare the working hours of doctors with a variety of control groups before and after the implementation of the directive. The controls include those unconstrained by the directive and doctor counterparts working in Europe. We use differences-in-differences and matching methods to estimate the impact of this natural experiment, distinguishing between the anticipation and enactment of the EWTD. We find that the legislation reduced the hours of senior doctors by around 8 hours in total including the component attributable to anticipation effects and allowing for (exogenously set) rising wages.

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ID Code: 77992
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: European Working Time Directive, evaluation of active labour market policy
DOI: 10.1002/hec.3082
ISSN: 1099-1050
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Economics & Finance
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd
Deposited On: 23 Oct 2014 00:38
Last Modified: 06 Apr 2016 03:17

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