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Does the Gap in Family-friendly Policies Drive the Family Gap?

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  • Nielsen, Helena Skyt

    (Department of Economics, Aarhus School of Business)

  • Simonsen, Marianne

    ()
    (Department of Economics, University of Aarhus)

  • Verner, Mette

    ()
    (Department of Economics, Aarhus School of Business)

Abstract

A segregation of the labour market into a family-friendly and a non-family friendly sector has the effect that women self-select into the sectors depending on institutional constraints, preferences for family-friendly working conditions and expected wage differences. We find that neglecting the sector dimension tends to understate the effect of birth-related interruptions in both sectors. The combined effect of a large depreciation effect and no recovery means that females in the non-family friendly sector (e.g. private sector) are punished severely after childbirth. In the family friendly sector (e.g. public sector), we find complete catch up.

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Paper provided by University of Aarhus, Aarhus School of Business, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 02-19.

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Length: 38 pages
Date of creation: 07 May 2002
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:aareco:2002_019

Note: Published in Scandinavian Journal of Economics, 106(4), pp721-744, 2004
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Keywords: Fertility; family gap; career interruptions; wages; public vs. private sector;

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