The Brussels economic policy crowd seems to be positively inclined towards the idea of a four-day work week if a recent debate at the Brussels Economic Forum is anything to go by.

Public debates are usually more interesting the less “important” the panellists are or feel they are. For example, at this week’s Brussels Economic Forum, it seemed that the invited European Commissioners were trying to find the dullest possible ways to evade the already very broad questions posed to them.

In this environment, the debate on the four-day work week between Professor of Economics and Behavioural Science Jan-Emmanuel De Neve and Maeve McElwee, director of employer relations at the Irish Business and Employers’ Confederation, was refreshing in clarity and their willingness to point out each other’s inconsistencies.

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