Is work duration in France affected by football tournaments?

Richard Duhautois, Bastien Drut


We analyze the impact of the FIFA World Cup and the UEFA Championships on work duration in France between 2003 and 2010. To identify a causal effect, we compare individuals’ work durations before and during the events within this period with work durations for the same dates one year before these events. Our overall results indicate that work duration in France is affected by international football tournaments: on average, employees work approximately half an hour less during the months of these events. Decomposing by gender, skills and age the effects range between 20 minutes and 40 minutes.

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