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Title: Traditional vs. secular values and work-life well being across Europe
Authors: Georgellis, Y
Lange, T
Keywords: Job satisfaction; life satisfaction; work-life balance; traditional values; secular values
Issue Date: 2007
Publisher: Brunel University
Citation: Economics and Finance Discussion Papers, Brunel University, 07-20.
Abstract: This paper examines how culture, defined in our analysis by reference to traditional versus secular values, affects the work-life balance across Europe. Specifically, we focus on the factors that affect the propensity of individuals across 30 European countries to exhibit behavioural patterns in the work and life domains consistent with the segmentation, spillover or compensation hypotheses. Testing the latter assertions, our empirical analysis replicates the study by Judge and Watanabe (1994) with data collected in 1999/00, thus bringing dated empirical results into a multi-country, contemporary realm. Based on self-reported job and life satisfaction measures, we then extend the empirical examination by controlling for different cultural values alongside a large set of standard economic and demographic factors. Our results emphasise the important role of views on secular versus traditional values as a main factor influencing respondents’ work-life balance and well being. The role of interpersonal trust features as a particularly prominent component in these results.
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Dept of Economics and Finance Research Papers

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