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Correlational findings

Study Hamermesh et al. (2014): study JP 1984

Public:
15-64 aged general public, Japan 1984 -1999
Survey name:
JP-LifestylePref1984
Sample:
Respondents:
N = 11133
Non Response:
Assessment:
Interview: face-to-face

Correlate

Authors's Label
Reduction of standard work hours in nation
Our Classification
Remarks
Reduction of standard work hours from 48 to 40 a week. Policy change in response to problem around earlier extreme work hours
Related specification variables
Operationalization
Reduced work hours following policy change
1 least (bottom quartile)
2
3
4  most (top quartile)


The actual reduction of work hours was not assesed in this survey but imputed using a time-use survey

Observed Relation with Happiness

Happiness Measure Statistics Elaboration / Remarks O-SLu-u-sq-v-5-h DM = + T1-T2 CHANGE happiness before (T1) and after (T2) reduction of workhours

Average happiness went down in this period, but less so among those who reduced work hours most.
Similar among males and females
O-SLu-u-sq-v-5-h b = + Males:   b = +.12
Females: b = +.21

T2 b controled for
- T1 work hours (to capture change)
- marital status
- age
- education