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Title: Quality in work and aggregate productivity
Author: Royuela Mora, Vicente
Suriñach Caralt, Jordi
Keywords: Productivitat
Política d'ocupació
Política laboral
Qualitat de vida en el treball
Manpower policy
Labor policy
Quality of work life
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: Universitat de Barcelona. Institut de Recerca en Economia Aplicada Regional i Pública
Series/Report no: [WP E-IR09/01]
Abstract: We explore the relationship between quality in work and aggregate productivity in regions and sectors. Using recent Spanish aggregate data for the period 2001-2006, we find that quality in work may be an important factor to explain productivity levels in sectors and regions. We use two alternatives definitions of quality in work: one from survey data and the other from a social indicators approach. We also use two different measurements of labour productivity to test the robustness of our results. The estimates are run using a simultaneous equation model for our panel of data, and find important differences between high tech and low tech sectors: a positive relationship between quality in work and productivity in the former case, and a negative relationship in the latter. Consequently, on the one hand we see that quality in work is not only an objective per se, but may also be a production factor able to increase the wealth of regions; on the other hand, at the aggregate level, we may also find that high productivity levels coincide with lower quality in work conditions.
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It is part of: IREA – Working Papers, 2009, IR09/01
ISSN: 2014-1254
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