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The Effect Of Career Breaks On The Working Lives Of Women

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  • Shoba Arun
  • Thankom Arun
  • Vani Borooah

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In this paper we examine the effect of career breaks on the working lives of women using survey data from the state of Queensland in Australia. After estimating the income penalty faced by women with career interruptions - according to the duration of, and reasons for, the interruptions - we seek to address a wider set of issues regarding: patterns of job change and income gains or losses related to job change; determinants of career re-entry plans; and satisfaction with hours worked. As women increasingly combine motherhood and employment, they face both penalties and costs, particularly if they have taken a career break in order to care for their young. This general labor market failure that penalizes motherhood should be addressed by relevant measures related to their income, working hours, and the type and status of employment, particularly on their re-entry into employment after a child-related career break.

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Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Feminist Economics.

Volume (Year): 10 (2004)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
Pages: 65-84

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Keywords: Gender; labor market; career breaks; motherhood; income penalty;

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  1. Karine Briard & Cindy Duc & Najat El Mekkaoui De Freitas & Bérangère Legendre & Sabine Mage, 2011. "Career Interruptions: how do they impact pension rights?," Post-Print hal-00951830, HAL.
  2. Henrekson, Magnus & Dreber, Anna, 2004. "Female Career Success: Institutions, Path Dependence and Psychology," Working Paper Series in Economics and Finance 574, Stockholm School of Economics, revised 27 Jan 2005.
  3. Nordström Skans, Oskar & Liljeberg, Linus, 2005. "Causal effects of subsidized career breaks," Working Paper Series 2005:17, IFAU - Institute for Evaluation of Labour Market and Education Policy.
  4. Chris Doucouliagos & Phillip Hone & Mehmet Ulubasoglu, 2006. "Discrimination, Peformance and Career Progression in Australian Public Sector Labor Markets," Economics Series 2006_07, Deakin University, Faculty of Business and Law, School of Accounting, Economics and Finance.

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