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The Labour Force Participation of Married Mothers: A Tale of International Catch-Up


  • Karen Mumford

    () (University of York)

  • Antonia Parera-Nicolau

    (European Commission)


We explore the determinants of the relative probabilities of labour force participation for British and Spanish married (or cohabiting) mothers. We further decompose these probabilities and find a substantial cross-national gap in participation rates that can be predominantly explained by higher wages and greater child-care use in Britain. As the process of unification across Europe leads to common working conditions, we expect the size of this participation gap to fall dramatically.

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  • Karen Mumford & Antonia Parera-Nicolau, 2003. "The Labour Force Participation of Married Mothers: A Tale of International Catch-Up," Australian Journal of Labour Economics (AJLE), Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre (BCEC), Curtin Business School, vol. 6(4), pages 619-630, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:ozl:journl:v:6:y:2003:i:4:p:619-630

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    Labor and Demographic Economics; Time Allocation; Work Behavior; Employment Determination and Creation Labor Turnover; Vacancies; Layoffs (includes separations; hires; redundancy; job tenure; displaced workers);

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    • J00 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - General - - - General
    • J20 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - General
    • J63 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Turnover; Vacancies; Layoffs


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