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st: the European penchant...

From   Kit Baum <>
Subject   st: the European penchant...
Date   Wed, 18 Jul 2007 23:30:23 -0400

Nick Cox questioned my off-the-cuff remark about 'the European penchant for extended vacations.' It turns out to be enshrined in EU statutes:

"In Europe, vacation time often occurs in August--all of August! A European Union directive prescribes four weeks annual leave for all employees (EC 93/104 Art.7(1)) (Europa, the European Union Online), but some countries' national laws exceed this allotment."

The tables in the article below show (albeit dated, but no doubt still quite relevant) that US vacation time -- which is not mandated at all by labor law -- is far short of four weeks / 20 days paid vacation. aug03.html

As anecdotal evidence, my own employer grants

5/6 day per month in the first year (10 days)
1 1/4 day per month in years 2-9 (15 days)
1 2/3 day per month in years 10+ (20 days)

to the office/clerical/service staff, so that only long-term employees get 4 weeks' vacation per year. (Full-time faculty get two months vacation, unfortunately sans recompense).

Kit Baum, Boston College Economics and DIW Berlin
An Introduction to Modern Econometrics Using Stata:

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