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Women's career choices, social norms and child care policies

Francesca Barigozzi, Helmuth Cremer () and K. Roeder

Working Papers from Dipartimento Scienze Economiche, Universita' di Bologna

Abstract: Our model explains the observed gender-specific patterns of career and child care choices through endogenous social norms. We study how these norms interact with the gender wage gap. We show that via the social norm a couple’s child care and career choices impose an externality on other couples, so that the laissez-faire is inefficient. We use our model to study the design and effectiveness of three commonly used policies. We find that child care subsidies and women quotas can be effective tools to mitigate or eliminate the externality. Parental leave, however, may even intensify the externality and decrease welfare.

JEL-codes: D13 H23 J16 J22 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-dem, nep-gen, nep-lab and nep-soc
Date: 2017-01
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