PERSPECTIVE ARTICLE: The impact of Nordic countries’ family friendly policies on employment, wages, and children

@article{DattaGupta2008PERSPECTIVEAT,
  title={PERSPECTIVE ARTICLE: The impact of Nordic countries’ family friendly policies on employment, wages, and children},
  author={Nabanita Datta Gupta and Nina Smith and Mette Verner},
  journal={Review of Economics of the Household},
  year={2008},
  volume={6},
  pages={65-89}
}
The Nordic countries at the same time exhibit a remarkably high participation rate of mothers and a more moderate decline in fertility rates compared to other Western countries. This has been attributed to the fact that the welfare state model and, especially, the family friendly policies chosen in the Nordic countries are unique. In this paper we evaluate the impact of Nordic countries’ family friendly policies on employment, wages and children’s well-being. We demonstrate that, although the… Expand

Figures and Tables from this paper

How Gender-Neutral are the Nordic Countries Really? Father-Friendliness in Leave Schemes for Families with Children
Significant changes regarding work and family patterns in post-industrial societies have rocked the foundations of the gendered division of labour in family life. Nevertheless, the focus of attentionExpand
Does Family Policy Influence Women’s Employment?: Reviewing the Evidence in the Field
During the past two decades, the debate over the relation between family policy and women’s employment in high-income countries has grown in prominence. Nevertheless, the evidence proposed inExpand
Family policies in OECD countries: a comparative analysis.
  • O. Thévenon
  • Political Science, Medicine
  • Population and development review
  • 2011
TLDR
The diversity of family policy models in 28 OECD countries in terms of the balance between their different objectives and the mix of instruments adopted to implement the policies is discussed, finding persistent differences in the family policy patterns embedded in different contexts of work-family "outcomes. Expand
Entry into work following childbirth among mothers in Norway. Recent trends and variation
Universal parental leaves with job protection and earnings compensation increase women's attachment to the labour market, but very long leaves may have negative consequences both at the individualExpand
Female Self-Employment and Children: The Case of Sweden
Previous studies, mostly from Anglo-Saxon countries, find a positive correlation between the presence of young children in the household and self-employment probabilities among women. This has beenExpand
Women's Opportunities under Different Family Policy Constellations: Gender, Class, and Inequality Tradeoffs in Western Countries Re-examined
This article explores tradeoffs reflecting interaction effects between socioeconomic class and different types of family policies on gender inequalities in terms of agency and economic inequality inExpand
Swedish Family Policy controversial reform of a success story
Since the 1970s Sweden’s dual-earner model of family policy has gradually been strengthened by expansions of public day-care, exte nded earnings-related parental leave and individualised incomeExpand
Parental Leave Policy and Gender Equality in Europe
ABSTRACT This article uses data from 2008–10 to analyze parental leave policies in twenty-one European countries and their influence on men's behavior. It examines entitlement characteristics, suchExpand
Reconciling Work, Family and Child Outcomes: What Implications for Family Support Policies?
This paper discusses the potential of family policies to reconcile the multiple objectives that they are expected to serve, over and above their role in offsetting the economic cost of children. WeExpand
The Effects of Family-friendly Firm Policies on Parental Well-Being and Working Time
This paper provides novel evidence on the effect of family-friendly firm policies on well-being and working time of parents. The focus of this study is on two specific firm policies: ChildcareExpand
...
1
2
3
4
5
...

References

SHOWING 1-10 OF 80 REFERENCES
The Impact of Family-Friendly Policies in Denmark and Sweden on Mothers' Career Interruptions Due to Childbirth
We analyze the impact of family-friendly policies on women’s career breaks due to childbirth in Denmark and Sweden. In both countries, the labour force attachment of mothers is high, and more thanExpand
The Effect of a Family Policy Reform on Mother’s Pay: A Natural Experiment Approach
All parents in Norway with children aged one to three, who do not attend publicly subsidised day care, are entitled to a cash-for-care (CFC) subsidy. Studies have shown that the reform has reducedExpand
Does the Gap in Family-Friendly Policies Drive the Family Gap?
A segregation of the labour market into a family-friendly and a non-family friendly sector has the effect that women self-select into the sectors depending on institutional constraints, preferencesExpand
Parental Leave - a Policy Evaluation of the Swedish 'Daddy-Month' Reform
Many governments are making attempts to increase fathers' share of parental leave in order to correct for unequal labor market outcomes. Using Swedish data, we ask whether fathers can be encouragedExpand
Maternal employment in Scandinavia: a comparison of the after-birth employment activity of Norwegian and Swedish women.
TLDR
A striking characteristic of recent Western labour market trends is the rise in employment among mothers of very young children, and it is found that the right to paid maternity leave with job security greatly speeds up the return to work. Expand
Family leave policies and women's retention after childbirth: Evidence from the United States, Britain, and Japan
Abstract. This paper uses labour force survey data to examine the employment rates and employment decisions of women with young children in the United States, Britain and Japan. Our results confirmExpand
Does the availability of child care influence the employment of mothers? Findings from western Germany
There is a vast empirical literature investigating the effects of child care costson female employment. Day-care costs are usually treated as a reduction infemale wages and are supposed to reduce aExpand
Maternal employment in Scandinavia: A comparison of the after-birth employment activity of Norwegian and Swedish women
A striking characteristic of recent Western labour market trends is the rise in employment among mothers of very young children. So far, few studies have analysed the impact of public policies onExpand
Labour Force Participation of Women: Empirical Evidence on The Role of Policy and Other Determinants in OECD Countries
This paper examines the determinants of female labour force participation in OECD countries. The econometric analysis uses a panel data set covering 17 OECD countries over the period 1985-1999, andExpand
Taxation of Spouses: a Cross-Country Study of the Effects on Maaried Women's Labour Supply
The labour force participation rate of married women varies considerably between the European countries. There may be several explanations for this evidence. In this study, the effect of theExpand
...
1
2
3
4
5
...