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Parental leave within the broader work-family trajectory: What can we learn from sequence analysis?

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  • Zhelyazkova, Nevena

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    This paper illustrates how sequence analysis can be used to analyse work-family reconciliation strategies of parents and in particular the role of parental leave in these strategies. The use of administrative records makes a detailed, longitudinal analysis possible, which enables a holistic approach to the question from the broader life-course view. In addition, as an explorative technique, sequence analysis results are a powerful instrument for formulating further research questions. For the paper anonymous administrative records of mothers and fathers working in Luxembourg are used.

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    Paper provided by United Nations University - Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (MERIT) in its series MERIT Working Papers with number 049.

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    Date of creation: 2013
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    Handle: RePEc:unm:unumer:2013049

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    Keywords: Work-family reconciliation; parental leave; work-family trajectory; sequence analysis;

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