IDEAS home Printed from
MyIDEAS: Log in (now much improved!) to save this article

Enfants, interruptions d'activité des femmes et écart de salaire entre les sexes

Listed author(s):
  • Dominique Meurs
  • Ariane Pailhé
  • Sophie Ponthieux

The article presents an analysis of the impact of children on wages in terms of the family gap in pay. After a brief presentation of the main empirical results and theoretical explanations that can be found in international literature, it analyzes, for France, the effects children have on women?s professional life and proposes a measure of their impact on wages of women and men in their forties. Having children does not seem to have a direct influence on women?s hourly wages, but children related employment interruptions and part-time work have a negative effect on pay and explain the wage gap between women who have interrupted their activity and women who have remained in the labor market. We compare also, within the same age group, the wages of women continuously active and men; here, the wage gap remains mostly unexplained by differences in individual characteristics. This result shows that an effect of children is the suspicion employers might have that women are firstly mothers (or mothers to be) and, as such, are likely to be less involved in their career than men. JEL classification codes: J13, J16, J24, J31.

If you experience problems downloading a file, check if you have the proper application to view it first. In case of further problems read the IDEAS help page. Note that these files are not on the IDEAS site. Please be patient as the files may be large.

File URL:
Download Restriction: free

File URL:
Download Restriction: free

Article provided by Presses de Sciences-Po in its journal Revue de l'OFCE.

Volume (Year): n° 114 (2010)
Issue (Month): 3 ()
Pages: 113-133

in new window

Handle: RePEc:cai:reofsp:reof_114_0113
Contact details of provider: Web page:

No references listed on IDEAS
You can help add them by filling out this form.

This item is not listed on Wikipedia, on a reading list or among the top items on IDEAS.

When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:cai:reofsp:reof_114_0113. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Jean-Baptiste de Vathaire)

If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

If references are entirely missing, you can add them using this form.

If the full references list an item that is present in RePEc, but the system did not link to it, you can help with this form.

If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

This information is provided to you by IDEAS at the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis using RePEc data.