Does the Life Course Savings Scheme Have the Potential to Improve Work-Life Balance?
To improve individuals' work-life balance, trade unions, employers' organizations, governments and the European Commission currently promote a life course perspective in activating labour market policies. In 2006, the Life Course Savings Scheme (Levensloopregeling) was introduced in the Netherlands, which aims to increase labour participation and to improve the work-life balance over the life course. What can we learn from the Dutch case? In 2006, actual participation in the scheme was with 6% much lower than expected. Participation rates were higher among males, full timers, older employees, the higher-income groups and persons with a partner. However, our multivariate analyses of data for over 500,000 civil servants show that the higher participation rates of males, full timers and older employees are related to the higher earnings of these groups, and that after control for earnings, participation is higher among females, part timers and the young. This indicates that the scheme has a potential to contribute to the work-life balance over the life-cycle. Copyright (c) Blackwell Publishing Ltd/London School of Economics 2009.
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Volume (Year): 48 (2010)
Issue (Month): 3 (09)
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