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Joint Labor Economics, Policy Analysis and Management, & Public Economics Workshop - Amanda Pallais

Mon, 05/01/2017 - 11:40am

Amanda Pallais

Harvard University

115 Ives Hall

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We employ a discrete choice experiment in the employment process for a national call center to
estimate the willingness to pay distribution for alternative work arrangements relative to traditional office
positions. Most workers are not willing to pay for scheduling flexibility, though a tail of workers with
high valuations allows for sizable compensating differentials. The average worker is willing to give up
20% of wages to avoid a schedule set by an employer on short notice, and 8% for the option to work from
home. We also document that many jobseekers are inattentive, and we account for this in estimation.

Event Categories: Labor Economics