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Maybe baby: comparing partnered women's employment and child policies in the EU-15

De Henau, Jérôme; Meulders, Danièle and O'Dorchai, Síle (2010). Maybe baby: comparing partnered women's employment and child policies in the EU-15. Feminist Economics, 16(1) pp. 43–77.

DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13545700903382703
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Abstract

This paper examines how child-related public policies influence women’s employment in Europe. The analysis compares the difference in employment status between partnered mothers and non-mothers across the EU-15 using a wide range of self-constructed indicators of child policies such as childcare provision, parental leave, and tax-cash benefits. Using the recycled predictions method, it is possible to isolate the impact of the presence of a child from other characteristics likely to influence women’s labor-market outcomes. Country-specific employment gaps among women are computed at different ages for the youngest child, for different outcomes (inactivity and part-time or full-time work), and for different levels of education. The main conclusion is that when it comes to securing equal labor-market access and conditions for mothers of young children and non-mothers, public childcare provision has the strongest impact. In the absence of public childcare, not even the most highly educated mothers can cope.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2010 IAFFE
ISSN: 1466-4372
Keywords: labor-market conditions; social policies; postponement of maternity; synthetic indicators; dual-earner couples; fertility
Academic Unit/Department: Social Sciences > Economics
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Innovation, Knowledge & Development research centre (IKD)
Item ID: 27552
Depositing User: Jérôme de Henau
Date Deposited: 28 Jan 2011 11:38
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2012 14:30
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/27552
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