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

  • Helena Skyt Nielsen
  • Marianne Simonsen
  • Mette Verner

Segregation of the labour market into a family-friendly and a non-family-friendly sector implies that women self-select into sectors depending on institutional constraints, preferences for family-friendly working conditions and expected wage differences. We take this sector dimension into account and find a severe penalty after birth-related leave in the non-family-friendly sector, so that women who would be affected by this penalty self-select into the family-friendly sector. The penalty is a combination of a large human-capital depreciation effect, a child penalty and no recovery. Copyright The editors of the "Scandinavian Journal of Economics", 2004 .

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Volume (Year): 106 (2004)
Issue (Month): 4 (December)
Pages: 721-744

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Handle: RePEc:bla:scandj:v:106:y:2004:i:4:p:721-744
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