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Do women gain or lose from becoming mothers?

Síle O'Dorchai ()

Brussels Economic Review, 2008, vol. 51, issue 2/3, 243-268

Abstract: ABSTRACT :This paper analyses disparity in women’s pay across 25 European countries using EU-SILC 2005. First, the gender pay gap is examined. Next, the impact of parenthood is analysed. We show that women suffer a wage disadvantage compared with men all over Europe, except for Poland. Motherhood usually reinforces the gender gap but most discrimination is sex-related so that it concerns all women as potential mothers. There is no uniform relationship between the parenthood and the gender wage gap.

Keywords: Wage gap estimation / decomposition; Gender; Parenthood (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C21 J24 J31 J71 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2008
Note: Numéro spécial "Parentalité et emploi" décembre 2008, Editrice :Danièle Meulders
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