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

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  • Karen Mumford

    () (University of York)

  • Antonia Parera-Nicolau

    (European Commission)

Abstract

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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    Keywords

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

    JEL classification:

    • 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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