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A composite indicator of working conditions in the EU-15 for policy monitoring and analytical purposes

Ein zusammengesetzter Indikator der Arbeitsbedingungen in der EU 15 für Politik-Monitoring und analytische Zwecke
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Tangian, Andranik S.

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Corporate Editor Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaftliches Institut in der Hans-Böckler-Stiftung
Abstract "A composite indicator 'Working conditions' for comparing European countries is constructed from data of the Third European Survey on Working Conditions. The main findings are as follows: (a) European countries differ with respect to working conditions statistically more significantly than with respect to earnings; it implies a quite accurate discrimination threshold in ranking countries with respect to working conditions, (b) working conditions and earnings positively correlate over the whole of Europe but correlate little within single countries; it indicates at the prevailing role of national determinants over professional or social specificities as contributing to the average working conditions, and (c) earnings play no essential role in subjective estimations, including job satisfaction, which mainly depends on working conditions; consequently, more attention should be paid to improving the latter. The same approach is applied to constructing a three-dimensional indicator of Working time, reflecting its aspects duration, location (abnormality), and flexibility. It is found that abnormality and flexibility compensate each other, whereas the duration is not affected by two other factors." (author's abstract)
Keywords working conditions; indicator; construction of indicators; international comparison; working hours; humanization of work; workload; work organization; work satisfaction; EU; labor; quality; flexibility; statistics; labor force potential
Classification Sociology of Work, Industrial Sociology, Industrial Relations; Labor Market Policy; Economic Statistics, Econometrics, Business Informatics
Method applied research; empirical; basic research; development of methods
Document language English
Publication Year 2005
City Düsseldorf
Page/Pages 78 p.
Series WSI-Diskussionspapier, 135
ISSN 1861-0633
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications
data provider This metadata entry was indexed by the Special Subject Collection Social Sciences, USB Cologne