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Changes in Family Policies and Outcomes: Is there Convergence?

Willem Adema, Nabil Ali and Olivier Thévenon ()
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No 157, OECD Social, Employment and Migration Working Papers from OECD Publishing

Abstract: This paper presents new information on trends in family and child outcomes and policies over the past decades, in order to assess whether there has been any convergence over time across OECD and EU countries. Important drivers of population structure such as life expectancy and fertility rates are becoming more similar across countries as are marriage and divorce rates. Increased educational attainment has contributed to greater female employment participation and convergence therein across countries. Child well-being outcomes show a more mixed pattern with improvements and convergence in infant mortality, but varying trends in child poverty across countries.

Keywords: Child Care and Parental leave; Family and Child outcomes; female employment; Taxes and Benefits (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D1 J12 J13 J18 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2014-07-11
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