Employment of Mothers After Childbirth : A French-German Comparison

Lauer, Charlotte ; Weber, Andrea Maria

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URL: http://ub-madoc.bib.uni-mannheim.de/154
URN: urn:nbn:de:bsz:180-madoc-1549
Document Type: Working paper
Year of publication: 2003
The title of a journal, publication series: None
Publication language: English
Institution: Sonstige Einrichtungen > ZEW - Leibniz-Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung
MADOC publication series: Veröffentlichungen des ZEW (Leibniz-Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung) > ZEW Discussion Papers
Subject: 330 Economics
Classification: JEL: D1 J2 ,
Subject headings (SWD): Deutschland , Frankreich , Mutter / Berufstätigkeit
Abstract: This paper compares the work attachment of French and German women after childbirth. Both fertility and employment of mothers are higher in France than in Germany. Since the sample of mothers deciding on employment after a child is born might not be representative for all women, we take account of selectivity by explicitly modelling the childbirth decision of women. Furthermore, it proved essential to distinguish between part-time and full-time employment. Background characteristics appear to affect both the birth and the employment decisions in a different way in France and Germany. Some of the impacts can be related to different family policy regulations.
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