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The Labor Force Participation of Married Mothers in Spain and Britain

  • Karen Mumford
  • Antonia Parera-Nicolau

We explore the determinants of the relative probabilities of labor force participation for British and Spanish married (or cohabiting) mothers. We further decompose these probabilities and find a substantial cross-national gap in participation rates which can be predominantly explained by higher wages and greater child care use in Britain.

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