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Work-family balance policies : From comparative perspective

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Frame of Image onducted on related policies such as childcare, parental leaves, working time policy, and cash/tax benefit system. Also, empirical analyses are carried out to study the effects of work-family balance policy. Lastly, a work-family balance index was developed to measure each country’s situation. Based on the results above, several policy suggestions are provided. Keywords: work-family balance policy, working parents, childcare, parental leave, working time policy, tax benefits 1. Introduction Recently, the Western welfare states actively pursued policies in support of balancing of work and family and further, individual life, in the socio-economic background of low birth rate, aging society, unstable labor market, women's active participation in the labor market, and increase in the number of dual-earner families. In the labor market, a tendency of deregulation increased rapidly amidst the formation and expansion of the global labor market and, in the process, general stability of the labor market is largely threatened due to increased underemployment and frequent job changes rather than life-long job security. As to the changes in the labor market, women entered the market in large number accounting for a continuous increase in female employment rates worldwide. In the family, the single (male) earner family model lost its currency while the dual earner family model is being established as a new general model. Such trends suggest that Korea as a country moving rapidly toward t


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Title Work-family balance policies
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From comparative perspective

Material Type Articles
Author(English)

Hong, Seung-Ah

Publisher

[Seoul]:The Korean Women's Development Institute

Date 2009
Journal Title; Vol./Issue GSPR:vol. 2
Pages 6
Subject Country South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
File Type Documents
Original Format pdf
Subject Social Development < Gender
Holding KWDI; KDI School

Abstract

With increasing number of working parents, there are many obstacles for them to balance work and family life. In this paper, work-family balance policy is defined as “policy that supports the family life of working parents,” targeting working parents with children whose demand for a
work-family balance policy is urgently needed. Under this definition, an international comparative research is conducted on related policies such as childcare, parental leaves, working time policy, and cash/tax benefit system. Also,
empirical analyses are carried out to study the effects of work-family balance policy. Lastly, a work-family balance index was developed to measure each country’s situation. Based on the results above, several policy suggestions are provided.

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