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Changes in Work Schedules From 1995 to 2001: The Impact of The 35-Hour Week


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  • Cédric Afsa


  • Pierre Biscourp


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    The transition to the 35-hour working week was not just about reducing legal working time. Sector and corporate negotiations covered working hours, their organisation, working conditions and wages. This paper analyses the impact of this transition on the time organisation of work and on employees work schedules. The findings are based on the use of INSEE working hours surveys of employees in 1995 and 2001, before and after the Aubry acts, and the shorter working week agreements monitoring file put together by the Ministry of Labour. Although the repetition of identical working weeks remains the norm, this mode has declined in firms that have shifted to 35 hours. The irregularity of days worked has grown more in industry than in the services. Irregular hours concern executives only. Conversely, the regular schedules organised over several weeks concern only the other employees, and first and foremost employees of small industrial enterprises.

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    Article provided by Institut National de la Statistique et des Etudes Economiques in its journal Economie et Statistique.

    Volume (Year): 376-377 (2005)
    Issue (Month): (June)
    Pages: 173-198

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    Handle: RePEc:crs:ecosta:es376-377g

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    Keywords: Working Time; Working Conditions; Policy Evaluation;

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