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Work and care regime and women's employment outcomes: Australia, France and Sweden compared
Linnaeus University, School of Business and Economics, Department of Economics and Statistics.
University of Sydney, Australia.
Paris-Sorbonne University, France.
2017 (English)In: Making work more equal: a new labour market segmentation approach / [ed] Damina Grimshaw, Colette Fagan, Gail Hebson & Isabel Tavora, Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2017, 1, p. 309-329Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Using a gender perspective and a comparative approach, this paper assesses the extent to which national care regimes and family policies interact and impact upon female employment outcomes. We restrict our analysis to Australia, France and Sweden, three advanced market economies with contrasting employment and care regimes. For the employment regime we focus on paid work across the life course and we focus on parental leave and childcare as indicative of the care regime.  Previous comparative studies have clearly shown that the gender division of labour between paid work, care and domestic activities is strongly dependent on prevailing societal norms and the institutional and societal context, in particular the characteristics of the parental leave systems, the availability and cost of childcare services, the provision of care when older people become partially or fully dependent, and more globally on employment and working time regimes and the design of tax and family policies. Our central argument is therefore that family and care policies play a crucial role in shaping the patterns of men’s and women’s employment. The comparison shows the importance of institutional arrangements and that lack of affordable child care facilities and poor parental leave arrangements across the life course reduce female, particularly maternal, labour supply both in terms of labour force participation and working time participation.  

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Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2017, 1. p. 309-329
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Economics
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Economy, Economics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-72886ISBN: 9781526117069 (print)ISBN: 9781526125972 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-72886DiVA, id: diva2:1198173
Available from: 2018-04-16 Created: 2018-04-16 Last updated: 2018-04-19Bibliographically approved

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