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Does the Gap in Family-Friendly Policies Drive the Family Gap?

  • Helena Skyt Nielsen
  • Marianne Simonsen
  • Mette Verner


    (Department of Economics, University of Aarhus, Denmark)

A segregation of the labour market into a family-friendly and a non-family friendly sector has the effect that women self-select into the sectors depending on institutional constraints, preferences for family-friendly working conditions and expected wage differences. We find that neglecting the sector dimension tends to understate the effect of birth-related interruptions in both sectors. The combined effect of a large depreciation effect and no recovery means that females in the non-family friendly sector (e.g. private sector) are punished severely after childbirth. In the family friendly sector (e.g. public sector), we find complete catching up.

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Paper provided by School of Economics and Management, University of Aarhus in its series Economics Working Papers with number 2003-1.

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