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Elizabeth L. Doran

Columbia University School of Social Work
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December 2018Gender in the Labor Market: The Role of Equal Opportunity and Family-Friendly Policies
with Ann P. Bartel, Jane Waldfogel: w25378
Although the gender wage gap in the U.S. has narrowed, women’s career trajectories diverge from men’s after the birth of children, suggesting a potential role for family-friendly policies. We provide new evidence on employer provision of these policies. Using the American Time Use Survey, we find that women are less likely than men to have access to any employer-provided paid leave and this differential is entirely explained by part-time status. Using the NLSY97, we find that young women are more likely to have access to specifically designated paid parental leave, even in part-time jobs. Both datasets show insignificant gender differentials in access to employer-subsidized child care and access to scheduling flexibility. We conclude with a discussion of policy implications

Published: Elizabeth L. Doran & Ann P. Bartel & Jane Waldfogel, 2019. "Gender in the Labor Market: The Role of Equal Opportunity and Family-Friendly Policies," RSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences, vol 5(5), pages 168-197.

 
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