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Working paper

Work and Family Balance: An Economic View (WP 03/26)

Issue date: 
Monday, 1 September 2003
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JEL classification: 
D21 - Firm Behavior: Theory
I31 - General Welfare; Well-Being
J13 - Fertility; Family Planning; Child Care; Children; Youth
J33 - Compensation Packages; Payment Methods

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This paper uses an economic framework to explore the rationale for government policies to improve work/family balance


This paper was prepared while Jason Varuhas was an intern at the Treasury. The authors are grateful to John Bryant, Sid Durbin, Michael Hampl and Marilyn Waring for their helpful comments on earlier versions of this paper.


The views expressed in this Working Paper are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the New Zealand Treasury. The paper is presented not as policy, but with a view to inform and stimulate wider debate.

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Wednesday, 24 October 2007