publication . Article . 2004

Gender and the Intensification of Work: Evidence from the European Working Conditions Surveys

Brendan Burchell; Colette Fagan;
Open Access
  • Published: 01 Jan 2004 Journal: Eastern Economic Journal, volume 30, issue 4 Fall, pages 627-642
Abstract
This paper uses the European Working Conditions Surveys to examine the intensity of work for male and female employees. The first section gives an overview of the usefulness of the survey for examining European Union (EU) working conditions and shows how women's intensity of work has been increasing faster than that of men, so that by the year 2000 there was little gender difference in the speed of work. Section two demonstrates that the intensity of work has a negative effect on health and work-life balance, and this effect is stronger for women than for men.
Subjects
free text keywords: Female; Gender; Women; Working Conditions, jel:J16, jel:J22, jel:J28
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