Americans work 25 percent more than Europeans, study finds

A Bloomberg article references to research that paints an exhausting picture of work in the U.S. — longer days, less vacation time, and later retirement.

Are you running yourself ragged? If you’re like most Americans, you are probably overworking. Assistant Professor of Economics Alex Bick and his research partners looked at national labor force surveys from 1983 through 2011 of 18 European countries and the United States to find out how many hours are worked per person a week.

From Bloomberg October 17, 2016:

The average person in Europe works 19 percent less than the average person in the U.S. That’s about 258 fewer hours per year, or about an hour less each weekday. Another way to look at it: U.S. workers put in almost 25 percent more hours than Europeans.

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