Philip Booth argues that whilst it is sensible for people to be able to freely negotiate their working hours, it is not a good idea to dictate working hours. Economic evidence suggests that work sharing schemes are negative for both productivity and employment. As a society gets richer it tends to work less. The idea that we could generalise this for the whole of the developed world is ridiculous and the proposal is not a workable solution for most economies. Voluntary four day week arrangements are fine, but a national scheme is a move from voluntarism to paternalism.
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