Does the Gap in Family-Friendly Policies Drive the Family Gap?

24 Pages Posted: 27 Dec 2004

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Helena Skyt Nielsen

Aarhus University - Department of Economics and Business; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Marianne Simonsen

Aarhus University - Department of Economics and Business

Mette Verner

Aarhus University - Centre for Research in Social Integration and Marginalization (CIM)

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Abstract

Segregation of the labour market into a family-friendly and a non-family-friendly sector implies that women self-select into sectors depending on institutional constraints, preferences for family-friendly working conditions and expected wage differences. We take this sector dimension into account and find a severe penalty after birth-related leave in the non-family-friendly sector, so that women who would be affected by this penalty self-select into the family-friendly sector. The penalty is a combination of a large human-capital depreciation effect, a child penalty and no recovery.

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Nielsen, Helena Skyt and Simonsen, Marianne and Verner, Mette, Does the Gap in Family-Friendly Policies Drive the Family Gap?. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=633434

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