Sustainable Consumption and Worktime Reduction

  title={Sustainable Consumption and Worktime Reduction},
  author={Juliet B Schor},
  journal={Journal of Industrial Ecology},
  • J. Schor
  • Published 1 January 2005
  • Economics
  • Journal of Industrial Ecology
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