The currently popular 40 hour work week is a fairly modern notion and it’s thanks to unions that we don’t have something like an 80 hour work week. Times have changed and now scientists in the field of biodemography have suggested that a 25 hour work week is optimal. It allows people to spend more time living life than working in exchange for working later than the currently popular age of retirement.
â€œIn socio-economic terms it makes a lot of sense. The important thing is that we all put in a certain amount of work â€“ not at what point in our lives we do it. In the 20th century we had a redistribution of wealth. I believe that in this century, the great redistribution will be in terms of working hours.â€
â€We know that elderly people are prepared to continue working if theyâ€™re capable of doing so. And Iâ€™m guessing that young people would prefer to work less while theyâ€™re young if they have the option of working more when they get older.