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Still at work? An empirical test of competing theories of the long hours culture

Still at work? An empirical test of competing theories of the long hours culture

Marc Cowling
01 October 2005

This report uses a large-scale European worker survey to test the validity of several competing hypotheses of why people work long hours. Our results show that there is a labour – quality of leisure trade-off for women, but not for men. Other key determinants of long working hours are industry sector, occupational status, gender and job security proxied by employment contracts. We also note that hours has no impact on job satisfaction.

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