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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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  • Leila Maron & Danièle Meulders & Sile Padraigin O'Dorchai, 2008. "Parental leave in Belgium," DULBEA Working Papers 0056, ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles.
  • Handle: RePEc:dul:wpaper:08-24rs

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    parental leave; family friendly policies; gender wage gap; women’s employment;

    JEL classification:

    • J16 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of Gender; Non-labor Discrimination
    • J71 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor Discrimination - - - Hiring and Firing
    • J78 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor Discrimination - - - Public Policy (including comparable worth)

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