The National Work–Life Balance Index©: The European Case

Fernández-Crehuet, José María and Giménez-Nadal, J. Ignacio and Reyes Recio, Luisa Eugenia (2016). The National Work–Life Balance Index©: The European Case. "Social Indicators Research", v. 128 (n. 1); pp. 341-359. ISSN 0303-8300, 1573-0921.


Title: The National Work–Life Balance Index©: The European Case
  • Fernández-Crehuet, José María
  • Giménez-Nadal, J. Ignacio
  • Reyes Recio, Luisa Eugenia
Item Type: Article
Título de Revista/Publicación: Social Indicators Research
Date: August 2016
ISSN: 0303-8300, 1573-0921
Volume: 128
Freetext Keywords: Europe; National Work–Life Balance Index; Principal components analysis
Faculty: E.T.S.I. Industriales (UPM)
Department: Ingeniería de Organización, Administración de Empresas y Estadística
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition - No derivative works - Non commercial

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This paper proposes an index to measure the possibilities individuals have to balance their work and life spheres. Using data for 26 European countries, and principal components analysis, we compute the National Work–Life Balance Index as a combination of five dimensions: Time/Schedule, Work, Family, Health, and Policy. We find that Northern and Central European countries, such as Denmark, the Netherlands, Finland, and Sweden have a higher value of the National Work–Life Balance Index, compared to Southern and Western European countries, such as Spain, Greece, Portugal, Latvia, and Bulgaria. These results are consistent with existing literature showing that there is a lower proportion of individuals reporting difficulty balancing their work and household responsibilities in Northern countries, compared to other European countries. To the extent that international data becomes comparable, the National Work–Life Balance Index may help to guide public policies aimed at improving the work–life balance of individuals in countries that are comparatively worse off in this respect.

Funding Projects

Government of Spain
Las transferencias intergeneracionales y el bienestar de la población: inversión en el capital humano de los jóvenes, apoyo a los mayores y eficacia de las políticas públicas

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Item ID: 53756
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DOI: 10.1007/s11205-015-1034-2
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Deposited by: Memoria Investigacion
Deposited on: 30 Jan 2019 17:21
Last Modified: 25 Mar 2019 16:15
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