Published papers

The below are the papers published from the WAF project. They are all open access and do not have paywalls! So please freely download it using the links provided below and share them!

The first paper published from the findings of the WAF project looks at German longitudinal data to find that workers work longer overtime when using schedule control, but they also gain additional income from it. However, we find that there are gender differences, where women do not benefit from schedule control in terms of income as much as men do, even when they work as hard.

The second paper published from the WAF project is based on a scoping exercise of childcare provision structures across Europe -one of the main contextual factors used in the project. The main finding of this paper shows that current provision in childcare, both perceived and actual, influences parent’s support for public childcare provision above and beyond ideological stances and interest structures.

The third paper published from the WAF project examines the question whether flexible working arrangements can help women maintain their labour market positions after childbirth. This is done using a longitudinal household panel in the UK (Understanding Society). UK has one of the worst levels of women dropping out of the labour market and moving to (bad) part-time jobs after the birth of a child. This paper shows that being able to use flexitime, and having telework available almost halves the likelihood that women reduce their working hours significantly. Further, it also provides evidence to show that flexible working arrangements may help mothers stay in employment after the birth of their first child.

The fourth paper published from this project examines whether generous national level family policies crowd out occupational level family-friendly working-time policies. This is done through the use of the European Working Conditions Survey of 2010. Results show that generous national-level family policies, in particular work-facilitating policies – childcare provision, “crowd in” company-level schedule control provisions, especially for high-skilled workers. However, very generous leave entitlements seem to crowd out schedule control provision.

The fifth paper published from this project examines whether there are divisions across workers in their access to family-friendly working-time arrangements. Here the major divisions were based on skill level (occupational level), contract status (permanent vs temporary), and those with subjective job insecurity. The data used is the European Working Condition Survey of 2015 across 30 European focusing on women with care responsibilities. The results show that family-friendly working time arrangements are selectively provided skilled workers, and workers without job insecurity. The results further shows that although Northern European and some continental European countries are those where family-friendly working-time arrangements are more readily available, it is here where the division between insiders and outsiders are the largest.

  • Chung, H. (forthcoming). Dualization and the access to occupational family-friendly working-time arrangements across EuropeSocial Policy and Administration./ Special Issue on Occupational welfare.