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June 2011

The overestimated workweek revisited

John P. Robinson, Steven Martin, Ignace Glorieux, Joeri Minnen

Data from the American Time Use Survey (ATUS) and a Belgian national survey using weekly diaries indicate that, when asked to estimate their number of work hours, employed respondents tend to overestimate their work hours by 5–10 percent in relation to the work hours they report in their time diaries; most of the overestimation is accounted for by respondents who estimate longer work hours.

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