Gender Differences in Mobility after Childbirth and Implications for the Gender Gap in Employment

12  May 2022    3:00 pm CEST

Andrea Albanese, Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research (LISER)

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Due to illness of the presenter, this seminar had to be postponed at short notice from March 3 to May 12, 2022.

The presentation is based on a paper with the same title co-authored with Adrian Nieto and Konstantinos Tatsiramos.

Using a novel event study specification that accounts for treatment heterogeneity together with Belgian social security and geo-location data at the individual level, we study mobility as a determinant of the gender gap in employment. We find that, following childbirth, individuals are less likely to change of residence regardless of their gender, but that only mothers commute less and work less outside their region of residence. Consistent with this finding, childbirth not only reduces employment for mothers relative to fathers, but the gender gaps on non-local employment and high-paying jobs are higher than the gender gaps on local employment and low-paying positions, respectively. Lastly, we show that a higher level of unemployment in the region of residence prior to childbirth lead to a higher gender gap in employment after childbirth. As childbirth reduces mobility, individuals’ employment status may be more reliant on the initial regional conditions.

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Andrea Albanese is a research scientist at Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research (LISER) and affiliated at Ghent University (Belgium), IZA (Germany), GLO (the Netherlands) and Université catholique de Louvain (Belgium). His research interests are Labour Economics, Causal Analysis & Policy Evaluation. His papers have been published in journals such as Labour Economics, Oxford Economic Papers, Empirical Economics, Economics Letters, amongst others. He completed a joint PhD programme at DEFAP Graduate School of Milan (Italy) and Ghent University (Belgium) in December 2015. He is currently managing a large research grant as principal investigator covering topics related to causal inference, policy evaluation and cross-border employment funded by the Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR - CORE scheme).

Related literature:

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  • Le Barbanchon, T., Rathelot, R., & Roulet, A. (2021). Gender differences in job search: Trading off commute against wage. The Quarterly Journal of Economics, 136(1), 381-426.

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