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Arizo Karimi

Department of Economics
Uppsala University
751 20 Uppsala, SWEDEN

E-Mail: Arizo.Karimi@nek.uu.se

NBER Working Papers and Publications

December 2017Parenthood, Family Friendly Workplaces, and the Gender Gaps in Early Work Careers
with V. Joseph Hotz, Per Johansson: w24173
We consider the role that workplace attributes play in accounting for the divergence in the careers of women and men, with the onset of parenthood. We exploit matched employer-employee data from Sweden to characterize a model-based index of workplace “family friendliness” and analyze the effect of more family friendly workplaces on the career gaps between mothers and fathers. We find that exogenously moving mothers to more family friendly workplaces would raise their wages and labor income. In contrast, such moves would entail reductions in the same outcomes for fathers, resulting in sizeable improvements in the parental gender gap in wages and income. At the same time, working in more family friendly workplaces would not reduce the penalty to wage rates earned by women with their transiti...
 
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