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Does the Gap in Family-Friendly Policies Drive the Family Gap?

Helena Nielsen (), Marianne Simonsen () and Mette Verner ()

Economics Working Papers from Department of Economics and Business Economics, Aarhus University

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 catching up.

Keywords: Fertility; family gap; career interruptions; wages; public vs. private sector (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J13 J22 J33 J45 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 38
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