Valuing alternative work arrangements

Alexandre Mas, Amanda Pallais

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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 percent of wages to avoid a schedule set by an employer on short notice, and 8 percent for the option to work from home. We also document that many job-seekers are inattentive, and we account for this in estimation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3722-3759
Number of pages38
JournalAmerican Economic Review
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Economics and Econometrics


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