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Mothers in an insider-outsider economy: The puzzle of Spain

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  • Paula Adam

    (Department of Economics, European University Institute, I-50016 San Domenico di Fiesole, Italy)

Abstract

There is growing evidence that social policies towards mothers have important effects on their labour market behaviour. This article argues that these effects are less important in a Male Breadwinner Regime if there is employment insecurity in the household or if women intend to participate in the long-run. I consider the case of Spain, where the workforce has become polarized between insiders and outsiders and where social policies closely resemble the Male Breadwinner Regime. The results show that Spanish mothers fall into two groups: those who do not withdraw from the labor force after childbirth and those who withdraw and do not re-enter after their children arrive at school age. Entry or re-entry appears related to the husband`s employment uncertainty. Married women in an "insider household" are less likely to be mobile than women in an "outsider household".

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  • Paula Adam, 1996. "Mothers in an insider-outsider economy: The puzzle of Spain," Journal of Population Economics, Springer;European Society for Population Economics, vol. 9(3), pages 301-323.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:jopoec:v:9:y:1996:i:3:p:301-323
    Note: Received January 15, 1996 / Accepted June 18, 1996
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    Keywords

    Childbirth · labor force participation · labor force transitions;

    JEL classification:

    • J22 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Time Allocation and Labor Supply
    • J13 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Fertility; Family Planning; Child Care; Children; Youth

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