J. P. J. M. Smits's scientific contributions

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Conference Paper
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Work-life balance and extending workers’ freedom of choice have become policy arguments of increasing importance in Europe. In 2006 the Life Course Savings Scheme (Levensloopregeling) was introduced in the Netherlands. The scheme is based on the holistic life cycle approach, lends shape to individualisation and tailor-made employment conditions, an...
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In this chapter an overview is given of the available data sets and research results with regard to operating hours, working time and the relationship between operating hours, working time and employment in the Netherlands. In the Netherlands, no specific surveys on operating hours or working time have been held. However, there are a number of surv...

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... This figure is a little higher than the value of 1.54 that emerges from the OSA data for 2001 (Bekker et al., 2003). Based on OSA data, earlier research concluded that in the second half of the 1990s in the Netherlands an increasing decoupling of operating and working times had taken place, measured by the ratio between operating hours and full time working hours (Delsen and Smits, 2002). Although the EUCOWE data differ in several respects from the OSA data, the finding of a decoupling rate of 1.85 for 2003 seems to suggest that the trend towards increasing decoupling may have continued in the first years of the 21 st century. ...
... Dit duidt erop dat de LLR vooral interessant wordt gevonden door jonge en nieuwe werknemers, terwijl de SLR vooral door oudere en zittende werknemers interessant wordt gevonden. Een verklaring hiervoor is dat vanwege kortzichtigheid, begrensde rationaliteit, onvolledige informatie en de angst de verkeerde keuze te maken, veel mensen geneigd zijn om vast te houden aan het standaardpakket, wat in dit geval de SLR is(Delsen en Smits, 2007). Het effect van de contractuele wekelijkse arbeidsduur op de deelname is beduidend kleiner bij de SLR dan bij de LLR. ...
... People are not fully aware or do not have a complete picture of the (future) consequences of a choice they make now for instance for the pension base or for social security coverage. Thus, although in mainstream economics offering (more) choices is considered to be better, at the end of the day people may consider that additional options simply increase the risk of making the wrong choice (Delsen et al., 2006). Critiques argue that the new compulsory private health insurance will be more expensive, redistribute, bureaucratic and results in uninsured people (i.e. ...
... Research on the part-time pay penalty suggests that this is indeed the case (e.g., Aaronson and French 2004; Baffoe-Bonnie 2004). On the other hand, some studies on part-time labor demand suggest that parttime employment might be beneficial at the firm level when, for example, operating hours exceed the full-time working week or when firms face fluctuations in customer demand during the day or working week (e.g., Owen 1978; Delsen 2006). The potential benefits of part-time employment will particularly be relevant for service sector firms. ...