The Long-Hours Luxury

Skriver om det nya ojämlikheten i arbetstid i “The American Magazine”, tankesmedjan American Enterprise Institutes nättidskrift.

”Historically, the poor and lower skilled tended to work more than the rich. This is no longer true. Today high-income earners and the highly educated tend to work more hours. This gradual shift is nowhere large enough to single-handedly account for the rise of income inequality, however, working hours are part of the explanation and have the advantage of being readily quantifiable.”

“Between 1979 and 2006, the share of low-wage earners who worked long hours declined from 22 percent to 13 percent. In the same time period the share of high-wage earners who worked long hours increased from 15 to 27 percent.”

“The reversal in working time is a major and little discussed shift in the labor market. The historical view of inequality is one where the poor masses toiled in the field or factories, while rich landowners or rentiers had the luxury not to work. Today we face a very different situation. Increasing numbers of the poor and lower skilled workers are excluded from the labor market.”

Det nya fenomenet att höginkomsttagare jobbar fler timmar än låginkomsttagare gäller även i Sverige.