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Why are Average Hours Worked Lower in Richer Countries?

Alexander Bick, Nicola Fuchs-Schündeln, David Lagakos, Hitoshi Tsujiyama

NBER Working Paper No. 26554
Issued in December 2019, Revised in April 2020

---- Acknowledgments ----

We thank Nora Strecker and Peter Egger for providing us with percentile data on gross and net incomes for different countries. For helpful comments we thank Per Krusell, Johanna Wallenius, and seminar audiences at Athens University of Economics and Business, BI Norwegian Business School, Bocconi, Bonn, Goethe University Frankfurt, the IFS, the IIES Stockholm, Melbourne, Monash, MOVE Barcelona, Queensland, the Reserve Bank of Australia, Sciences Po, the University of Vienna, and the University of Zurich, as well as conference participants at the 2019 T2M conference, the 2019 SED meetings, and the 2019 CEPR Annual Macroeconomics and Growth Programme Meeting. Fuchs-Schündeln gratefully acknowledges financial support from the European Research Council under the ERC Consolidator Grant No. 815378. All potential errors are our own. The views expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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