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Job quality in Europe in the first decade of the 21st Century

Fernández-Macías, Enrique and Muñoz de Bustillo, Rafael and Antón, José-Ignacio (2014): Job quality in Europe in the first decade of the 21st Century.

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Abstract

This article presents an analysis of the evolution of job quality from 2000 to 2010 in the European Union 15, using a newly developed composite measure of job quality that is applied to the European Working Conditions Survey. After a careful study of the evolution of job quality across the different dimensions and components of our index, and a differentiation between changes in the composition and changes in the means, we do not detect any major decline during the period, even during the economic crisis. The most significant change is a small increase in job quality in peripheral European countries, suggesting some convergence. We discuss several hypotheses for explaining the remarkable stability of job quality during such turbulent times.

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