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A note on the employment effects of 35-hour workweek regulation in France: using Alsace-Moselle’s 'droit local' to build a diff-in-diff
France's 1998 implementation of the 35-hour workweek has been one of the greatest regulatory shocks on labor markets. Few studies evaluate the impact of this regulation because of a lack of identification strategies. For historical reasons due to the way Alsace-Moselle was returned to France in 1918, the implementation of France's 35-hour workweek was less stringent in that region than in the rest of the country, which is conformed by double and triple differences. Yet it shows no significant difference in employment with the rest of France, which casts a serious doubt on the effectiveness of this regulation.