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Do women gain or lose from becoming mothers? A comparative wage analysis in 20 European countries

Síle O'Dorchai ()

No 09-11.RS, DULBEA Working Papers from ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles

Abstract: This paper analyses disparity in women’s pay across 20 European countries using EU-SILC 2006. First, a selectivity-adjusted gender pay gap is computed and examined in each of the countries. Next, the impact of parenthood is analysed. We show that women suffer a wage disadvantage compared with men all over Europe. Motherhood usually reinforces the gender gap but discrimination is more sex- than maternity-related so that it concerns all women as (potential) mothers. Fatherhood has a positive impact on men’s wages. Finally, in most countries, the wage gap between mothers and fathers is even deeper than that between women and men.

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)
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Date: 2009
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