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Determinants of Employment Decisions After the First Child Birth in Spain

  • María Davia


  • Nuria Legazpe


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    The aim of this paper is to analyse impact of human capital on employment decisions (namely, entry and exit from employment) of first-time mothers in Spain. To carry out the analysis, we use the Fertility, Family and Values Survey of 2006. Transitions are studied via discrete-time duration models with control for frailty. The results indicate that education, previous work experience and living without a partner increase the likelihood of (re-)entering employment and decrease the likelihood of leaving employment after the first child than their low-educated, non-experienced and partnered counterparts. Women in recent cohorts register more (re-)employment transitions than the rest. However, no differences were observed in the transits out of employment across cohorts, which prove small progress in the work-life balance in Spain over the last decades. Finally, the circumstances around childbirth do not seem to influence employment decisions of first-time mothers. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media New York 2014

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    Volume (Year): 35 (2014)
    Issue (Month): 2 (June)
    Pages: 214-227

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    Handle: RePEc:kap:jfamec:v:35:y:2014:i:2:p:214-227
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