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Qian Weng

Renmin University of China
No. 59 Zhongguancun Street
Haidian District
Beijing 100872
China

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Institutional Affiliation: Renmin University of China

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January 2019Do Workers Value Flexible Jobs? A Field Experiment
with Haoran He, David Neumark: w25423
We explore workers’ valuation of job flexibility, using a field experiment conducted on a Chinese job board. Our experimental job ads differ randomly in offering jobs that are flexible regarding when one works (time flexibility) or where one works (place flexibility), and offering different salaries. Application rates are higher for flexible jobs, conditional on the salary offered, providing evidence that workers value job flexibility. Moreover, under some plausible conditions our evidence is informative about job seekers’ willingness to pay for flexible jobs of the types offered in the experiment, and points to fairly high valuation of the most flexible jobs.
 
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