Biography

Mark Fabian is a doctoral candidate in economics at the Crawford School of Public Policy at The Australian National University. His research interests are life satisfaction modelling, overwork, time poverty and other issues in household labor and income dynamics. He first trained as a philosopher (existentialism, ethics, and political theory) but then moved to international and development economics as a postgraduate. He blogs at markfabian.blogspot.com.

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Undesirably long work hours are an increasingly ubiquitous feature of contemporary Anglophone countries despite steadily rising productivity over the last century. For example, the Australian Bureau of Statistics found that 1.7 million Australians were working 50 or more hours per week in 2002—nearly twice as many as two decades earlier.1 The …

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