An empirical note on commuting distance and sleep during workweek and weekend

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The author uses six years of large‐scale panel survey data for Germany to analyse the nexus between commuting distance from the place of residence to the workplace and quantity of sleep. Pooled and individual fixed‐effects regressions indicate that workers with longer commuting distance sleep significantly less per night during the workweek, but not less during the weekend. A one kilometer longer commuting distance is on average correlated with 0.0035 (pooled) and 0.0011 (fixed‐effects) hours less sleep per night during the workweek. As commuting seems to affect sleep quantity, it might negatively affect health and time allocation for other leisure activities.
Original languageEnglish
JournalBulletin of Economic Research
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)97-102
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 01.2018