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Why Has Work Effort Become More Intense?

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Effort-biased technological change and other explanations for work intensification are investigated. It is hypothesised that technological and organizational changes are one important source of work intensification and supportive evidence is found using establishment data for Britain in the 1990s. Work intensification has also been stimulated by the use of high-commitment human resource policies. A reduction in union power, and a rise in the use of temporary agency workers and contractors, were positively associated with work intensification; however, their impact during the 1990s was comparatively modest.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, University of Kent in its series Studies in Economics with number 0207.

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Date of creation: Jul 2002
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Handle: RePEc:ukc:ukcedp:0207

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Keywords: Labour supply; work effort; work intensity; wages; technical change; work organisation; unions; high commitment policies; incentives.;

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