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April 2002, Vol. 125, No. 4
Measuring the complexity of hours at work: the weekly work grid
John P. Robinson
Professor of Sociology, University of Maryland, College Park.
Anthony S. Alvarez
Graduate Research Analyst, University of Maryland, College Park.
Professor of Sociology, Laboratoire de Sociologie Quantitative at CREST-INSEE, Paris, France.
A new 'workweek grid' that allows researchers to pinpoint actual time at work, finds less than a third of French workers describe a regular 9- to-5 schedule; it also may account for the persistent discrepancy between standard workweek estimate questions and more detailed methods of measuring the length of one's workweek.
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