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Overworked Greeks? Working time trends in Greece


  • Mavroudeas, Stavros
  • Ioannides, Alexis


Today there is increasing evidence supporting the claim that an increasing number of workers around the world are overworked. Although, many researchers have raised the issue of the longer working time, it is usually considered a non-European phenomenon. This paper disputes this perception with reference to the case of Greece and argues that there is convincing evidence that there is a marked increase in actual working time in Greece from the mid-1980s and onward. This tendency is particularly strong for wage earners having a university degree, who are in many cases being labelled as ‘cadres’ that do not follow the usual work time regulations concerning eight-hour work, weekends, overtime etc. It is also strong in more traditional categories of workers (manufacturing, construction etc.).

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  • Mavroudeas, Stavros & Ioannides, Alexis, 2007. "Overworked Greeks? Working time trends in Greece," MPRA Paper 19734, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:19734

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    worktime; overworking; Greece;

    JEL classification:

    • J81 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor Standards - - - Working Conditions
    • J22 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Time Allocation and Labor Supply
    • J0 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - General


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