Gender wage gap and the welfare-enhancing role of parental leave rules4

Spencer Bastani, Tomer Blumkin, Luca Micheletto

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A large body of empirical evidence documents the gender variation in labour market outcomes. A major factor that contributes to persistent gender gaps in labour market performance is women’s traditional role in the household. Child-related absences from work imply that women accumulate less job experience, are more prone to career discontinuities and, hence, suffer a motherhood penalty. We highlight how the fundamental gender-driven career/family conflict faced by workers in the labour market may create a normative justification for parental leave rules as a means to enhance efficiency and alleviate the gender pay gap.

Original languageEnglish
Article number11112017002001
Pages (from-to)3-7
Number of pages5
JournalCESifo DICE Report
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics and Econometrics


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