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


  • Brendan Burchell

    () (Faculty of Social and Political Science, University of Cambridge)

  • Colette Fagan

    (University of Manchester)


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.

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  • Brendan Burchell & Colette Fagan, 2004. "Gender and the Intensification of Work: Evidence from the European Working Conditions Surveys," Eastern Economic Journal, Eastern Economic Association, vol. 30(4), pages 627-642, Fall.
  • Handle: RePEc:eej:eeconj:v:30:y:2004:i:4:p:627-642

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    1. Francis Green, 2001. "It's Been A Hard Day's Night: The Concentration and Intensification of Work in Late Twentieth-Century Britain," British Journal of Industrial Relations, London School of Economics, vol. 39(1), pages 53-80, March.
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    1. Sugumar Mariappanadar, 2012. "The harm indicators of negative externality of efficiency focused organizational practices," International Journal of Social Economics, Emerald Group Publishing, vol. 39(3), pages 209-220, February.

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    Female; Gender; Women; Working Conditions;

    JEL classification:

    • J16 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of Gender; Non-labor Discrimination
    • J22 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Time Allocation and Labor Supply
    • J28 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Safety; Job Satisfaction; Related Public Policy


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