Seminar in International Economics: Gender Differences in Mobility after Childbirth and Implications for the Gender Gap in Employment (Online event) | 12.05.2022

The Competence Centre for International Economics Research (FIW) kindly invites to participate in the Seminar in International Economics on the topic

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

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

Thursday, 12th of May 2022, 3:00 p.m. (CET)
Due to illness of the presenter, this seminar had to be postponed at short notice from March 3 to May 12, 2022.

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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.

The seminar series is organised by the Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies (wiiw) in co-operation with FIW, the Centre of Competence in International Economics. The seminar provides a forum for presentation and discussion of recent academic research in the field of international economics.