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Studies from H. Nicolaisen and Colleagues Yield New Information about Economic Research

June 27, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Economics Week -- Research findings on Economic Research are discussed in a new report. According to news reporting originating from Oslo, Norway, by VerticalNews editors, the research stated, "Since 1980 debates about the regulation of working time have been characterized by demands for flexibility and deregulation. This article looks at how the regulation of the normal working day has changed during the last 30 years and examines how these regulative changes interplay with new work practices."

Our news editors obtained a quote from the research, "Based on theories on institutional change the article compares the development in working time regulations in the banking sector in three countries, Norway, Ireland and Sweden. Although the majority of the regulations remain intact, they have become considerably more flexible in all three countries. The normal working day is most weakened in Ireland, but it is also undermined in the two Nordic countries. New rules, practices and ideas result in more unsocial hours working, which increasingly remains uncompensated."

According to the news editors, the research concluded: "These similarities across the countries are uncovered because of a research design that allows for examination of institutional change at a detailed level over a long period of time."

For more information on this research see: The end of the normal working day? A study of change in Irish, Norwegian and Swedish banking. Economic and Industrial Democracy, 2014;35(2):245-266. Economic and Industrial Democracy can be contacted at: Sage Publications Ltd, 1 Olivers Yard, 55 City Road, London EC1Y 1SP, England. (Sage Publications -; Economic and Industrial Democracy -

The news editors report that additional information may be obtained by contacting H. Nicolaisen, Fafo Inst Labour & Social Res, Oslo, Norway.

Keywords for this news article include: Oslo, Norway, Europe, Economic Research

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Source: Economics Week