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Climate Change at the Intersection of Economic Development and Labor

WASHINGTON - The decline in work hours in the United States has stalled. As economist David Rosnick explains in today’s CEPR Blog, that’s bad for climate change and for the nation’s workforce.  Other high productivity countries have continued to reduce hours as productivity increased.

“America is an outlier,” writes Rosnick. “Today, [US] workers put in more hours than do workers in other countries with similar productivity.” 

Reducing hours of work lowers the rate of emissions providing valuable time to restructure the economy away from carbon-dependent production.

CEPR Blog is published by the Center for Economic and Policy Research.


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