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Parental leave in Belgium

  • Leila Maron
  • Danièle Meulders
  • Sile Padraigin O'Dorchai

All over Europe, parental leaves are essentially taken by women which leads to perpetuate gender inequalities in the labour market. The economic literature illustrates the issues at stake and is presented in this article to contextualise the analysis of the Belgian parental leave system. The Belgian parental leave system has two strong features: it is individualised and it offers a relatively short leave. The system could be improved by the implementation of a wage-related payment. However, priority should be given to sufficient provision of quality childcare given that this policy does not entail any negative effects on women’s employment.

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Paper provided by ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles in its series DULBEA Working Papers with number 08-24rs.

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Date of creation: 2008
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Publication status: Published by: ULB, DULBEA
Handle: RePEc:dul:wpaper:08-24rs
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