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The Effectiveness of Policies that Promote Labor Force Participation of Women with Children: A Collection of National Studies


  • Cascio, Elizabeth U.

    () (Dartmouth College)

  • Haider, Steven J.

    () (Michigan State University)

  • Nielsen, Helena Skyt

    () (Aarhus University)


Numerous countries have enacted policies to promote the labor force participation of women around the years of childbearing, and unsurprisingly, many research articles have been devoted to evaluating their effectiveness. Perhaps more surprisingly, however, six such articles were submitted independently over several months to Labour Economics and subsequently made it through the normal review process. These articles are collected in the Special Section that follows. This article provides additional background to facilitate the understanding of the policies that are evaluated in the Special Section articles and, more importantly, a discussion of what can be learned from the articles as a collection. Taken together, the articles are quite informative in demonstrating how the effectiveness of policies can vary across different national contexts and how this variation itself can be usefully examined with the standard theoretical framework.

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  • Cascio, Elizabeth U. & Haider, Steven J. & Nielsen, Helena Skyt, 2015. "The Effectiveness of Policies that Promote Labor Force Participation of Women with Children: A Collection of National Studies," IZA Discussion Papers 9297, Institute of Labor Economics (IZA).
  • Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp9297

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    Cited by:

    1. Anna Lovász, 2016. "Childcare expansion and mothers’ employment in post-socialist countries," IZA World of Labor, Institute of Labor Economics (IZA), pages 319-319, December.
    2. Laura Ravazzini, 2018. "Childcare and maternal part-time employment: a natural experiment using Swiss cantons," Swiss Journal of Economics and Statistics, Springer;Swiss Society of Economics and Statistics, vol. 154(1), pages 1-16, December.
    3. Anna Lovász & Ágnes Szabó-Morvai, 2019. "Childcare availability and maternal labor supply in a setting of high potential impact," Empirical Economics, Springer, vol. 56(6), pages 2127-2165, June.
    4. Nataliya Kusa, 2019. "Financial Compensation for Intra-Familial Long-Term Care and Childcare in Germany," Journal of Family and Economic Issues, Springer, vol. 40(3), pages 352-366, September.
    5. Gerards, Ruud & Theunissen, Pomme, 2018. "Becoming a mompreneur: Parental leave policies and mothers' propensity for self-employment," ROA Research Memorandum 006, Maastricht University, Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market (ROA).
    6. Sarah Cattan, 2016. "Can universal preschool increase the labor supply of mothers?," IZA World of Labor, Institute of Labor Economics (IZA), pages 312-312, November.
    7. Oladele Atoyebi & Andrew Wister & Barbara Mitchell & Andrew Sixsmith, 2019. "A reformulation and assessment of the Global AgeWatch Wellbeing Index: inclusion of a gender-based domain," Journal of Population Research, Springer, vol. 36(4), pages 365-390, December.
    8. Yamaguchi, Shintaro & Asai, Yukiko & Kambayashi, Ryo, 2018. "Effects of subsidized childcare on mothers’ labor supply under a rationing mechanism," Labour Economics, Elsevier, vol. 55(C), pages 1-17.
    9. Anne Hannusch, 2019. "Taxing Families: The Impact of Child-related Transfers on Maternal Labor Supply," CRC TR 224 Discussion Paper Series crctr224_2019_067v2, University of Bonn and University of Mannheim, Germany.
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    12. BOUSSELIN Audrey, 2019. "Expanding access to universal childcare: Effects on childcare arrangements and maternal employment," LISER Working Paper Series 2019-11, LISER.
    13. Janina Nemitz, 2015. "The effect of all-day primary school programs on maternal labor supply," ECON - Working Papers 213, Department of Economics - University of Zurich.
    14. Mike Brewer & Sarah Cattan, 2017. "Universal Pre-School and Labor Supply of Mothers," ifo DICE Report, ifo Institute - Leibniz Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich, vol. 15(02), pages 08-12, August.
    15. David Koll & Dominik Sachs & Fabian Stuermer-Heiber & Helene Turon, 2019. "The fiscal return to childcare policies," 2019 Meeting Papers 1081, Society for Economic Dynamics.
    16. Nemitz, Janina, 2016. "The Effect of All-Day Primary School Programs on Maternal Labor Supply," VfS Annual Conference 2016 (Augsburg): Demographic Change 145528, Verein für Socialpolitik / German Economic Association.

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    parental leave; childcare;

    JEL classification:

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

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