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The fragile evidence base underpinning policy analysis is among the key findings of the 29 projects reviewed for this report. As labour markets become more flexible and production more idiosyncratic, definitions, measurement, data collection and indicators need to adjust if policy is to be evidence-based. A second general finding is the diversity of labour market behaviour in Europe. Policies are required to be sensitive to this diversity and to avoid undue standardisation and over-reliance on prescriptive hard-law measures. The priorities identified for future research include the following: developing indicators of the intensity of work in Europe and analysing its determinants; further analysis of the causes of the apparently weak productivity performance of the service industries in Europe that use information and communication technologies; and exploring the processes which have enabled certain sectors and organisations to increase their proportion of high-quality part-time workers.

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Authors: ADNETT N, European Commission Directorate-General for Research
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 23162 EN (2007), 44 pp. Free of charge
Availability: (Catalogue Number: KI-NA-23162-EN-C)
ISBN: ISBN: 978-92-79-07558-2
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