Time Use and Productivity : The Wage Returns to Sleep

  title={Time Use and Productivity : The Wage Returns to Sleep},
  author={Matthew Gibson and Jeffrey Shrader},
While economists have long been interested in effects of health and human capital on productivity, less attention has been paid to the influence of time use. We investigate the productivity effects of the single largest use of time—sleep. Because sleep influences performance on memory and focus intensive tasks, it plausibly affects economic outcomes. We identify the effect of sleep on wages by exploiting the relationship between sunset time and sleep duration. Using a large, nationally… CONTINUE READING


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