Short-Run and Long-Term Effects of Childbirth on Mothers' Employment and Working Hours Across Institutional Regimes: An Empirical Analysis Based on the European Community Household Panel

33 Pages Posted: 19 Apr 2007

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Johannes Geyer

German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin)

Viktor Steiner

Zentrum Fuer Europaeische Wirtschaftsforschung (ZEW) - Center for European Economic Research; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Date Written: March 2007

Abstract

The employment behavior of mothers is strongly influenced by labor market regulations and certain institutional arrangements, which both vary greatly across European countries. Using the European Community Household Panel (ECHP) 1994-2001 for Denmark, Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom, which represent four distinct "institutional regimes," we estimate the short-run and long-term effects of childbirth on married women's employment and working hours. Estimation results show that these effects vary across the four countries in accordance with prevailing institutional regulations.

Keywords: employment and working hours, labor supply, childbirth, European Community Household Panel, panel data models

JEL Classification: J22, J13, D12

Suggested Citation

Geyer, Johannes and Steiner, Viktor, Short-Run and Long-Term Effects of Childbirth on Mothers' Employment and Working Hours Across Institutional Regimes: An Empirical Analysis Based on the European Community Household Panel (March 2007). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=981166 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.981166

Johannes Geyer

German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin) ( email )

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Viktor Steiner (Contact Author)

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IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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