Employment patterns and family satisfaction in Europe: do welfare and labour market policies intervene?

The paper seeks to explore the relationship between labour market integration and family satisfaction in a cross-country comparison perspective and takes important intervening factors into consideration such as the social policy and flexibility strategy as well as the cultural context of 27 European countries.

The authors rely on data from the European Quality of Life Survey 2012 and conduct multi-level analyses using both the one-step Random-Intercept Model with cross-level interactions as well as a two-step hierarchical model. The country-specific framework is addressed with indicators for the level of social security, for external flexibility labour market characteristics, and for the predominant family solidarity norm of a country.

The paper provides empirical support for the thesis of social disruption according to insecure labour market attachment. This link is weakened in countries where flexible labour market conditions are accompanied by strong efforts on state-provided social security. High family support norms can only partially compensate a lack of social protection covered by the state.


Author(s) P. Böhnke, I. Valdés Cifuentes,
Language English
Year of publication Apr, 2018
Journal International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
Volume 2018
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