Women's Career Choices, Social Norms and Child Care Policies

37 Pages Posted: 23 Jan 2017

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Francesca Barigozzi

University of Bologna - Department of Economics

Helmuth Cremer

University of Toulouse (GREMAQ & IDEI); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

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Date Written: January 2017

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.

Keywords: Child Care, child care subsidies, parental leave, Social norms, women quotas, women's career choices

JEL Classification: D13, H23, J16, J22

Suggested Citation

Barigozzi, Francesca and Cremer, Helmuth, Women's Career Choices, Social Norms and Child Care Policies (January 2017). CEPR Discussion Paper No. DP11797, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2904319

Francesca Barigozzi (Contact Author)

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Helmuth Cremer

University of Toulouse (GREMAQ & IDEI) ( email )

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