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Overworked Greeks? Working time trends in Greece

Mavroudeas, Stavros and Ioannides, Alexis (2007): Overworked Greeks? Working time trends in Greece. Published in: Asian-African Journal of Economics and Econometrics , Vol. 7, No. 1-2 (2007)

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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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