Reduction of Working Hours

Policy or Initiative Description

Governments should promote policies encouraging employers to reduce working hours, which would grant workers additional leisure time and redistribute productivity gains more equitably. More leisure time, combined with increased income and purchasing power, generates demand for new activities and products and grows the economy.


Korea, France and Germany saw a significant decline in their working hours during periods of large worker productivity gains (OECD, 2017).


Irmgard Nubler, “Research Department Working Paper No. 13. New technologies: A jobless future or golden age of job creation,” International Labour Office, November 2016



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