America’s highest earners work at least 60 hours a week—more than anyone else in the world

Working hours are dictated by culture, not economics. Of course long hours undermine productivity—as C. Northcote Parkinson said, “work expands to fill the time available.” Whatever our religion or ideology, we are still trapped by the centuries-old Protestant ethic, which viewed long hours as a badge of moral seriousness. Most firms still value such “intensity.”

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