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The intensification of work in Europe: A multilevel analysis


Drago? Ad?sc?li?ei

Jason Heyes


Using the most recent two waves of the European Working Conditions Survey (2010 and 2015) in a multilevel setting, the paper argues that national institutions have a significant effect on shifts in work intensity. We find that work has intensified in the aftermath of the economic crisis, but that intensification is restricted by labour market regulation and collective bargaining institutions. However, the effect of working time regulations varies across employment groups, with intensity levels for temporary agency workers increasing as regulations become more stringent. Furthermore, higher levels of unemployment intensify work for agency workers but not for workers on a fixed-term contract relative to workers on a permanent contract.


Adăscăliței, D., Heyes, J., & Mendonça, P. (2022). The intensification of work in Europe: A multilevel analysis. British Journal of Industrial Relations, 60(2), 324-347.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date May 4, 2021
Online Publication Date May 19, 2021
Publication Date 2022-06
Deposit Date Jul 8, 2021
Journal British Journal of Industrial Relations
Print ISSN 0007-1080
Electronic ISSN 1467-8543
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 60
Issue 2
Pages 324-347
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