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New Mothers' Labour Force Participation in Italy: The Role of Job Characteristics

Bratti, Massimiliano and Bono, Emilia Del and Vuri, Daniela (2005) 'New Mothers' Labour Force Participation in Italy: The Role of Job Characteristics.' Labour, 19 (s1). pp. 79-121. ISSN 1121-7081

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Abstract

In this paper we use newly available individual-level data from the Longitudinal Survey of Italian Households to investigate the factors associated with female labour force participation after the birth of the first child. We focus on the role of pre-marital job characteristics and find that new mothers who worked without a contract are less likely to participate, while those who worked in the public sector or in a large private firm have a higher probability of being in the labour force after childbearing. We suggest that these effects could be at least partly attributed to differences in the level of job protection and employment stability enjoyed by workers. This implies that in Italy women with highly protected and stable jobs might find it easier to combine career and family, whereas those who are less sheltered by the legislation might be more likely to be inactive after becoming mothers. © 2005 CEIS, Fondazione Giacomo Brodolini and Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Source info: Labour, Vol. 19, No. S1, pp. 79-121, December 2005
Uncontrolled Keywords: J13; J21; J23; O17; C3; job protection; informal sector; employment; childbirth; private; public
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Institute for Social and Economic Research
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 06 Dec 2013 12:21
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2022 00:39
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/7872

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