Social Indicators Research

, Volume 93, Issue 1, pp 171–176 | Cite as

Patterns of Workweek Schedules in France

  • Laurent LesnardEmail author
  • Thibaut de Saint Pol

Work schedules are fundamental for the organization of everyday life, especially for dual-earner couples working different schedules and spending little time together (Kingston and Nock 1987; Lesnard 2008). Many studies have documented the downward trend in the number of hours of paid work and a parallel upward trend in time spent in leisure activities, since the seminal work of Dumazedier (1967) in France and Robinson and Godbey (1999) in the US. Gershuny (2000) finds this trend in most Western countries, but also demonstrates that the number of working hours correlates with social position. While in the past the money poor used to be time poor and the money rich were time rich, this gradient has been progressively reversed, with the money poor now becoming time rich and the money rich turning time poor. While historical changes in the length of working hours have attracted attention of researchers, few studies have examined relationships between the length of the working hours and...


Economic System Multiple Correspondence Analysis Optimal Match Economic Space Weekly Work 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Observatoire sociologique du changement (Sciences Po & CNRS)Paris Cedex 07France
  2. 2.Laboratoire de sociologie quantitative (CREST-INSEE)MalakoffFrance
  3. 3.INSEEParis Cedex 14France

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