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work reduction

work reduction
Constraint in our economy is time. As a society, we make choices about the allocation of time between work and other pursuits. In the US, most workers are eligible for overtime pay if they work more than 40 hours a week, whereas most European workers become eligible at 35 hours per week. In addition, workers in Europe have guaranteed vacation time– five weeks in France– a benefit not available in the US. As a result the typical US worker puts in about 2000 hours per year compared to 1700 hours per year in France and Germany.

Should US laws be changed to require a shorter work week and longer vacation time?

For each side of the question list at least two strong arguments. Use the following concepts from this weeks materials at least once;

1. Opportunity cost,

2. Marginal decision making, and

3. Diminishing returns

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