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Job quality in Europe: the North-South divide

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  • Maria da Conceição Cerdeira

    (SOCIUS, Instituto Superior de Economia e Gestão (ISEG))

  • Ilona Kovács

    (SOCIUS, Instituto Superior de Economia e Gestão (ISEG))

Abstract

This paper examines the job quality in Europe. It is based on the results of the Fourth European Foundation Survey on working conditions covering different dimensions including work organisation, job content, autonomy at work, aspects of worker dignity, working time and work-life balance, working conditions and safety in the workplace. The results point to the existence of great diversity in the job quality across Europe and the north-south divide. The job quality differences are related to the variety of social and institutional contexts. The countries of Southern Europe, with their social and institutional contexts falling within the scope of the Mediterranean model, generally present indicators below the European average contrasting Nordic countries having the best job quality indicators.

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  • Maria da Conceição Cerdeira & Ilona Kovács, 2008. "Job quality in Europe: the North-South divide," Enterprise and Work Innovation Studies, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, IET/CICS.NOVA-Interdisciplinary Centre on Social Sciences, Faculty of Science and Technology, vol. 4(4), pages 21-47, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:ieu:journl:v:4:y:2008:i:4:p:21-47
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    Keywords

    Job Quality; North and South European Countries; Social and Institutional Context;
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    JEL classification:

    • J28 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Safety; Job Satisfaction; Related Public Policy
    • J81 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor Standards - - - Working Conditions
    • I31 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - General Welfare, Well-Being
    • M54 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Personnel Economics - - - Labor Management

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