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Has the Quality of Work Improved in the EU-15 between 1995 and 2005 ?


  • Nathalie Greenan
  • Ekaterina Kalugina
  • Emmanuelle Walkowiak


This paper provides a mapping of quality of work and measures its evolution between 1995 and 2005 by using European Working Conditions Surveys. With a multilevel modelling, we assess the sensitivity of observed trends to "composition effects" and "country effects". Results suggest a decreasing trend in the quality of work: working conditions have deteriorated, while work has become more intense and less complex. In Germany and Italy all indicators have worsened while other European countries have more mixed results.
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  • Nathalie Greenan & Ekaterina Kalugina & Emmanuelle Walkowiak, 2012. "Has the Quality of Work Improved in the EU-15 between 1995 and 2005 ?," TEPP Working Paper 2012-11, TEPP.
  • Handle: RePEc:tep:teppwp:wp12-11

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    1. Joachim Möller, 2014. "In the aftermath of the German labor market reforms, is there a qualitative/quantitative trade-off?," European Journal of Economics and Economic Policies: Intervention, Edward Elgar Publishing, vol. 11(2), pages 205-220, September.
    2. Joel Hellier & Ekaterina Kalugina, 2015. "Globalization and the working poor," Working Papers 355, ECINEQ, Society for the Study of Economic Inequality.

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