Working Papers, Department of Economics, Aarhus School of Business, University of Aarhus
Helena Skyt Nielsen, Marianne Simonsen
Does the Gap in Family-friendly Policies Drive the Family Gap?
() and Mette Verner
Abstract: 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 catch up.
Keywords: Fertility; family gap; career interruptions; wages; public vs. private sector; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: J13; J22; J33; J45; (follow links to similar papers)
38 pages, May 7, 2002
Published in Scandinavian Journal of Economics, 106(4), pp721-744, 2004
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