International perspectives on work-family policies: lessons from the world's most competitive economies

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dc.description.abstract The United States does not guarantee families a wide range of supportive workplace policies such as paid maternity and paternity leave or paid leave to care for sick children. Proposals to provide such benefits are invariably met with the complaint that the costs would reduce employment and undermine the international competitiveness of American businesses. In this article, Alison Earle, Zitha Mokomane, and Jody Heymann explore whether paid leave and other work-family policies that support children's development exist in countries that are economically competitive and have low unemployment rates. Their data show that the answer is yes. Using indicators of competitiveness gathered by the World Economic Forum, the authors identify fifteen countries, including the United States, that have been among the top twenty countries in competitiveness rankings for at least eight of ten years. To this group they add China and India, both rising competitors in the global economy. They find that every one of these countries, except the United States, guarantees some form of paid leave for new mothers as well as annual leave. And all but Switzerland and the United States guarantee paid leave for new fathers. The authors perform a similar exercise to identify thirteen advanced countries with consistently low unemployment rates, again including the United States. The majority of these countries provide paid leave for new mothers, paid leave for new fathers, paid leave to care for children's health care needs, breast-feeding breaks, paid vacation leave, and a weekly day of rest. Of these, the United States guarantees only breast-feeding breaks (part of the recently passed health care legislation). The authors' global examination of the most competitive economies as well as the economies with low unemployment rates makes clear that ensuring that all parents are available to care for their children's healthy development does not preclude a country from being highly competitive economically. en
dc.format.medium Print en
dc.subject CHILDREN en
dc.subject CHILD WELL-BEING en
dc.subject HEALTH en
dc.subject DEVELOPMENT en
dc.subject WORKPLACE en
dc.title International perspectives on work-family policies: lessons from the world's most competitive economies en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.description.version Y en
dc.Volume 21(2) en
dc.BudgetYear 2011/12 en
dc.ResearchGroup Population Health, Health Systems and Innovation en
dc.SourceTitle The Future of Children en
dc.ArchiveNumber 6991 en
dc.PageNumber 191-210 en
dc.outputnumber 5639 en
dc.bibliographictitle Earle, A., Mokomane, Z. & Heymann, J. (2011) International perspectives on work-family policies: lessons from the world's most competitive economies. The Future of Children. 21(2):191-210. en
dc.publicationyear 2011 en
dc.contributor.author1 Earle, A. en
dc.contributor.author2 Mokomane, Z. en
dc.contributor.author3 Heymann, J. en

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