假日中的欧洲

目前,法德两国15到25岁年龄段员工的平均工作时间与美国相比约低50%。其它欧洲国家(如意大利和西班牙)则处于两者之间。尽管有些美国人总喜欢吹嘘自己工作理念如何出众,美欧之间工作时数的差异并非向来如此。实际上,20世纪70年代为止,大西洋两岸劳工的工作时数还大体相同。

但从20世纪70年代开始,美国人的工作时数基本不变,而西欧人却开始逐年减少。如果西欧想解释为什么经济增长率赶不上美国,根本不需要另找其它原因。

人均工作时数的多少取决于很多因素:

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