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Family-Oriented Job Benefits and the Returns to Graduate Education

Dora Gicheva and Ian Mikkelsen ()
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Ian Mikkelsen: University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Department of Economics

No 19-4, UNCG Economics Working Papers from University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Department of Economics

Abstract: We investigate how the choice of flexible working schedules and family-friendly benefits interacts with the education investment decisions and career trajectories of young professionals. We show that workers in white-collar professional occupations are less likely to choose family-friendly jobs when they have invested more in graduate business education. Our results indicate further that family-friendly employment is costly for all men in the sample, while for women the wage penalty is pronounced among MBA graduates. We also show evidence that self-employment is one channel through which workers attain balance between career and family demands.

Keywords: Gender differences; non-wage benefits; work-life balance; MBA education (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J16 J31 J32 J44 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 34 pages
Date: 2019-02-28
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