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Cross-National Policy Comparisons

The Cross-National Policy Comparisons Project makes available summaries of public policy provisions related to diverse facets of working time. At the heart of this project is a series of comparative tables that synthesize policy provisions that shape:

  • The duration of the average work day.
  • The length of the average work week.
  • The number of days worked per year.
  • The availability and quality of part-time and reduced-hour work.
  • The ease with which workers can adjust their work schedules.

Working time policies vary substantially across countries. Assessing that variability informs multiple stakeholders - employers, workers, researchers and policy-makers alike – about the scope of public policy options available, as well as the details of policies that are actually operating. The goal of this project is to raise awareness of, and knowledge about, working time policies and flexible work arrangements.

This project – part of a larger project on working time across countries – was sponsored by the Sloan Foundation.

key research questions

The Cross-National Policy Comparisons enables research on the following questions:

  • Across a group of mostly high-income countries, what public policies are in place that influence working time – specifically by shaping how many hours are worked, when those hours are worked, and how various working time options are compensated?
  • How exactly to those policies operate?




For questions and more information about the Cross-National Policy Comparisons, or to schedule a conversation with any of the Center's team, please contact:

617-552-9195 |


cross-national policy comparisons team

Janet C. Gornick, PhD
Professor of Political Science and Sociology at the Graduate Center at the City
University of New York (CUNY)
Ariane Hegewisch
Study Director
Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR)