Beyond Labels

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Dec. 19: The Work Week

Is a four-day work week “better” than a five-day one? We’ll discuss the arguments made by Prof. Juliet Schor and her colleagues, citing studies of the question in several different countries. Here’s a link to what appears to be their most recent summary document. If you want to read more, you can visit the site for a foundation with which they’re associated, “4 Day Week Global.” Research? or Advocacy?

  • “Better” for whom? Workers? Employers? Society? Everyone?
  • If it’s a slam-dunk decision, why has a four-day work week not been broadly adopted? In the U.S.? Throughout Western Europe? In developing countries? In China?
  • If it’s better, how should we move forward? Educate? Advocate? Regulate?

Sorry for the late post…

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