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May 2009, Vol. 132, No. 5
International comparisons of hours worked: an assessment of the statistics
Susan E. Fleck
Chief, Division of Major Sector Productivity, Office of Productivity and Technology, Bureau of Labor Statistics. This article was prepared when she was a supervisor in the Division of International Labor Comparisons.
A study of 13 countries reveals that measures of hours worked based on administrative sources are relatively low while measures based on establishment and labor force surveys are relatively high; thus, although ever improving, these measures cannot yet be taken at face value and are useful only for broad comparisons.
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