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Shiftwork, Capital Hours and Productivity Change - Murray F. Foss

Shiftwork, Capital Hours and Productivity Change

Hardcover Published: December 2009
ISBN: 9780792399551
Number Of Pages: 399

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This volume deals with shiftwork-work that is performed during other than normal daytime hours. Shiftwork is a characteristic of economic life in the United States and abroad and has increased in importance over the years. The book examines changes in weekly hours worked by fixed capital over long periods of time, and the significance of those changes in the measurement of long-run productivity change. The analysis provides a link between a technology rooted in physical capital with one rooted in human capital. Shiftwork, Capital Hours and Productivity Change, which emphasizes empirical research, should be of interest because of its use of original data, because of the progressive nature of the research, and because it ultimately brings that research to bear on a number of issues that are in the forefront of public discussion. Making use of the new multifactor productivity statistics that are now being published by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for detailed (two-digit) manufacturing industries for the postwar period, the author shows the changing influence of plant-hour change from the 1920s to the 1980s.

Prefacep. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Two Views of Capital Hoursp. 3
Referencesp. 51
Continuous Process, Data, and a Research Agendap. 59
Referencesp. 79
The Utilization of Capital Equipment: Postwar Compared with Prewarp. 89
Changes in the Workweek of Fixed Capital: U.S. Manufacturing, 1929 to 1976
Introductionp. 115
Changes in the Plant Workweek from 1929 to 1976 and Their Relation to Key Ratiosp. 129
Reasons for Changes in Average Weekly Plant Hours from 1929 to 1976p. 153
Concluding Remarksp. 171
Appendixesp. 177
Bibliographyp. 221
Changing Utilization of Fixed Capital: An Element in Long-Term Growth
Prefacep. 231
Introduction and Main Findingsp. 237
Estimating Average Weekly Plant Hours in Manufacturing for the Period between 1929 and 1976p. 269
Evaluating the Manufacturing Results for Interim Yearsp. 285
Nonmanufacturing Industriesp. 309
Office Equipment and Computersp. 331
Appendixesp. 347
Operating Hours of U.S. Manufacturing Plants, 1976-1988, and Their Significance for Productivity Changep. 369
Referencesp. 385
Appendixp. 387
Name Indexp. 391
Subject Indexp. 393
About the Authorp. 399
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ISBN: 9780792399551
ISBN-10: 0792399552
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 399
Published: December 2009
Publisher: Springer
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 17.15  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.79