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ERIC Number: ED189368
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Pages: 191
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Exchanging Earnings for Leisure: Findings of an Exploratory National Survey on Work Time Preferences. R&D Monograph 79.
Best, Fred
A national survey was conducted to explore the work time preferences of American workers and their willingness to trade income for leisure. Data were collected through person-to-person interviews with 1,566 respondents. The results of the study indicate that prevailing work time conditions are at variance with the preferences of today's workers. A majority of the American workers state a willingness to forego most of future pay raises for more time away from work if some choice is allowed concerning the specific forms of potential free time. A solid majority of workers would give up at least 2 percent of current earnings for their choice among five different forms of free time, and about one-fourth claimed a desire to forego 10 percent or more of their income for time. An additional finding was that the ways in which potential gains in free time are scheduled is a major determinant of whether individuals will trade potential or current earnings for time. (The survey questions are appended.) (LRA)
Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Employment and Training Administration (DOL), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Commission for Employment Policy (DOL), Washington, DC.
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