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date: 16 October 2019

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Work–life scholars emphasize the need for cross-national studies in order to understand the variety of ways in which people experience the work–life interface across the world. Within this chapter an overview is given of national work–family policies present in Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) countries and the changes in policy that occurred across time. This is followed by a review of research that examines the impact of national policies on work–family outcomes. Research on this topic is increasing but scarce. Research to date suggests that policies are beneficial for the general contentment of working parents with the way they are able to combine work and family life, but are less effective in reducing experienced work–family conflict or time pressure.

Keywords: work–family policies, cross-national comparison, policy impact, leave policies, work–family outcomes

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