40 hours a week is a lot of your life.
January 24, 2008 11:24 AM   Subscribe

Statistics-n-facts Filter: I have a whole bunch of queries regarding a variety topics. So far my search for answers has been fruitless, and so I was wondering if A) you happen to know the answers to the included questions and/or B) can refer me to a website that might be able to help?

Basically, I want to make my case for the world being much happier place if people didn't work 40 hours a week. I'd like to approach this from both a philosophical and fact-based manner. For the latter, I was wondering:

-Where I can find information about the time of day car crashes occur; specifically around rush hour.
-If everyone made less money, the value of the dollar would go up, right?
-In other countries where people work less, is actual productivity higher?
---What about happiness?
---What about health?
-Are there statistics about kids who spend more time with them each day succeeding more?

Any other questions/answers you know of that would bolster this case?
posted by mwachs to Work & Money (5 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Google "short work week" and you'll find lots of studies and advocacy groups that have looked into these kinds of questions (with varying degrees of diligence/bias/referenceability, of course). Here are a few to get you started:

Hours of Work in US History (stats)
Living Better, Working Less (saying it's better for the environment)
32Hours: Action for Full Employment

... but there are oodles more.
posted by nkknkk at 11:33 AM on January 24, 2008

FARS (Fatality Analysis Reporting System) publishes crash stats by time of day.
posted by otio at 11:42 AM on January 24, 2008

How to be idle makes a case for not working at all. Also Bertrand Russel wrote a shorter essey on the subject.
posted by ilike at 2:10 PM on January 24, 2008

Seconding FARS. You can create your own queries with their system. You may be surprised at what you can find out (for example that midnight to 3am Sat and Sun were the deadliest times in 2005).
posted by jasper411 at 2:19 PM on January 24, 2008

Tim Ferris wrote a book, The 4-Hour Work Week, about it.
posted by divabat at 6:21 AM on January 25, 2008

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