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Balancing Work and Family Life during the Life Course

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  • A. Bovenberg

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This paper discusses how work and family obligations can be better reconciled in EU countries by adopting a life-course perspective. It stresses that longer and deeper involvement in paid employment allows people to exploit their longer life to reconcile the two ambitions of, first, investing in the next generation as a parent and, second, pursuing a fulfilling career in paid work. Greater flexibility of working time over the life course requires more individual responsibility for financing leave. Moreover, rather than shielding older insiders through employment protection, labor-market institutions should enable parents of young children to easily enter and remain in the labor market. Finally, more activating social assistance and in-work benefits should replace passive income support for breadwinners. Copyright Springer 2005

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Article provided by Springer in its journal De Economist.

Volume (Year): 153 (2005)
Issue (Month): 4 (December)
Pages: 399-423

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Handle: RePEc:kap:decono:v:153:y:2005:i:4:p:399-423

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Keywords: breadwinner; children; fertility; human capital; life course; retirement;

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Cited by:
  1. Mark van Duijn & Maarten Lindeboom & Mauro Mastrogiacomo & M. Lundborg, 2009. "Pension plans and the retirement replacement rates in the Netherlands," CPB Discussion Paper 118, CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis.
  2. Giovanni Russo & Wolter Hassink, 2008. "The Part-Time Wage Gap: a Career Perspective," De Economist, Springer, vol. 156(2), pages 145-174, June.
  3. Zhelyazkova, Nevena, 2013. "Parental leave within the broader work-family trajectory: What can we learn from sequence analysis?," MERIT Working Papers 049, United Nations University - Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (MERIT).
  4. Peter Kooreman & Henriëtte Prast, 2010. "What Does Behavioral Economics Mean for Policy? Challenges to Savings and Health Policies in the Netherlands," De Economist, Springer, vol. 158(2), pages 101-122, June.
  5. Versantvoort, Maroesjka, 2008. "Studying time use variations in 18 countries applying a life course perspective," MPRA Paper 21141, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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