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Correlational findings

Study Rudolf (2014): study KR 1998

Public:
Married couples with children, followed 10 years before and after 5-day work policy, South Korea 1998-2008
Survey name:
KR-KLIPS combined waves
Sample:
Respondents:
N = 50675
Non Response:
Assessment:
Interview: face-to-face

Correlate

Authors's Label
Change work hours in nation
Our Classification
Remarks
Like Japan, South Korea was reputed for excessive long working hours
Operationalization
Around 2004 working hours were gradually reduced 10%

Four different definitions of treatment was used for both sexes.
A: Regular working hours after reduction >44
B: Regular working hours after reduction >40

Observed Relation with Happiness

Happiness Measure Statistics Elaboration / Remarks O-SLu-u-sq-v-5-e DM = + Before change M = 3.0
After change  M = 3.4
-differenc       +0.4
O-SLu-u-sq-v-5-e DM = + CHANGE AVERAGE happiness following REDUCTION of working hours

Figure shown a rising trend of happiness together with a downward trend in working hours
O-SLu-u-sq-v-5-e b-fix = +/- ns A                         CHANGE in happiness
                          Wives     Husbands
>4 hours reduction       -.18 (ns) -.03 (ns)
>8 hours reduction       +.20 (ns) -.25 (ns)

B                         CHANGE in happiness
                          Wives     Husbands
>4 hours reduction       +.05 (ns) +.04 (ns)
>8 hours reduction       +.36 (ns) -.14 (ns)


b-fix controled for
-Earnings
-House ownership
-Household composition
-Own occupation (not working)
-Partner's working hours
-Partner's occupation (not working)
-Time trend in nation in males and females
-Work place size
-Job satisfaction



the Five-Day Working Policy does not seem to have affected overall satisfaction with one’s life. No significant effects are found for working hours reductions on life satisfaction.