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Gendered Crisis? Effects of the Financial Crisis on Work-Life Conflict of Working Couples

Type of publication Not peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Other publication (non peer-review)
Author Ochsner Michael, Szalma Ivett,
Project European Social Survey 2014+2016
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Other publication (non peer-review)

Book Gendered Crisis? Effects of the Financial Crisis on Work-Life Conflict of Working Couples
Publisher 3rd ESS Conference Papers, London

Open Access

Abstract

In this article, we investigate the factors that influence the work-life conflict of working couples. Specifically, we look at differences and commonalities of the relationship between working conditions and work-life conflict between men and women before and after the financial crisis of 2008. We apply multilevel analysis to 18 European countries, using rounds 2 and 5 of the European Social Survey, administered in 2004 and 2010, respectively. We find that the effects of work characteristics on work-life conflicts in working couples are not blackand-white regarding gender. Some women’s work-life conflict increased under the same condition as men’s, especially those who are well-educated and have children. It shows that working women are not a homogenous group but that there exist significant variations in the perception of work-life conflict among various groups of women, depending on age categories, education level, or family status. The same holds true for men. Therefore, policies should not be strictly gendered but rather take different situations into account that complicate reconciliation of work and family for both men and women.
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