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The institutional vs. the academic definition of the quality of work life. What is the focus of the European Commission?

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  • Vicente Royuela

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    (Faculty of Economics, University of Barcelona.)

  • Jordi Lopez-Tamayo

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    (Faculty of Economics, University of Barcelona.)

  • Jordi Suriñach

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    (Faculty of Economics, University of Barcelona and European University Institute.)

Abstract

In recent years, we have seen how the quality of work life has been focused and defined by the European Commission (EC). In our study we compare the EC definition with the academic one and try to see how close they are. We also analyse the possibility of applying the institutional definition to the Spanish case through the development of specific indicators. Our main conclusions are that QWL is increasingly important for policy makers. In addition, it is essential to have objective indicators and to conduct surveys in order to reliably measure QWL.

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Paper provided by University of Barcelona, Research Institute of Applied Economics in its series IREA Working Papers with number 200713.

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Length: 15 pages
Date of creation: Jul 2007
Date of revision: Jul 2007
Handle: RePEc:ira:wpaper:200713

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  1. Jean-Pierre Martel & Gilles Dupuis, 2006. "Quality of Work Life: Theoretical and Methodological Problems, and Presentation of a New Model and Measuring Instrument," Social Indicators Research, Springer, vol. 77(2), pages 333-368, 06.
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