Tuesday 15 June 2010

world cup and productivity

   Half of the country is stopping today to watch a game on TV; according to newspapers, major companies are allowing workers to see the game (it takes place at 15h00), as long as it does not hurt productivity.
   I wonder what are the effects of this sort of events on productivity, I could not find such an assessment, but likely the main impact is in spirits not on hours worked...


  1. $10.4 billion? http://www.newsweek.com/2010/06/14/soccer-s-bad-influence-on-brazil.html

  2. Perhaps you've seen this already, but here's a link on the same subject:


  3. I tend to agree more with the second view. Besides that, if one wants to look at loss of productivity because workers work less hours, we'd have to look at other effects such as the gains in sales in bars, pizzerias and restaurants, the influence a good (or bad) result can have on each person's mood (and thus his productivity), etc. etc.