Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/130364
Authors: 
Pertold-Gebicka, Barbara
Pertold, Filip
Datta Gupta, Nabanita
Year of Publication: 
2016
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 9685
Abstract: 
Using rich longitudinal register data from Denmark, we show that the allocation of mothers between the competitive private sector and the family-friendly public sector significantly changes around the birth of their first child. Specifically, mothers – post first childbirth – are increasingly switching from the private to the public sector and are also less likely to leave the public sector. The incidence of switching sectors can be partly explained by occupational characteristics, such as the convexity of pay and time pressure. In line with the compensating wage differential theory, we observe that the switch into the public sector is accompanied with a wage drop.
Subjects: 
motherhood
employment
sector switching
occupational characteristics
JEL: 
J13
J16
J24
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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