Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/90022
Authors: 
Cipollone, Angela
Patacchini, Eleonora
Vallanti, Giovanna
Year of Publication: 
2013
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Paper 7710
Abstract: 
We investigate the changes in women's participation patterns across 15 EU countries over the last 20 years using individual data from ECHP and EUSILC databases. Our findings reveal a role of social policies and institutional factors that is stronger than what has so far been assessed. Labor market reforms explain almost 25% of the actual increase in labor force participation for young women, and more than 30% for highly educated women. The effects of labor market reforms on the participation of low skilled women in the labor force are instead surprisingly small. We also find that reforms of the institutional framework towards a model of flexicure labor market are effective in enhancing women labor supply only when deregulation is accompanied by sufficient social compensation.
Subjects: 
employment gender gap
labor market institutions
child-rearing
elderly care
flexicurity
JEL: 
J11
J21
J2
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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