This study endeavours to show the role that indirect labour costs can play in explaining the duration of the working week formed spontaneously in a decentralised economy. The first part of the paper considers production to be predetermined. The model is then generalised by considering the activity endogenous. The analysis reveals the systematic formation of a conflict about working hours and shows its determining factors. It is also possible to use this framework to represent the effects of legal reductions in working hours.
CONTENSOU, F. and VRANCEANU, R. (1996). Structure de coût généralisée et horaire optimal. Economie et Prévision (articles académiques), pp. 37-51.