Tag Archives: parental leave

Can cash transfers increase fertility rates?

Most developed countries with relatively high fertility rates around replacement level (2,1 children per women), like France or the Nordic countries, have a comprehensive mix of different family policy instruments. The reason why these countries have been experiencing a re-increase … Continue reading

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The Impact of Family Policies on Fertility Trends in Developed Countries

A new article has been published in the European Journal of Population on fertility and family policies in Europe. Here is the abstract and the link to the article: Abstract We examine how strongly fertility trends respond to family policies … Continue reading

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Global Gender Gap Report 2012 – fragile progress for women’s political empowerment

The Global Gender Gap Report 2012 emphasizes persisting gender gap divides across and within regions. The 2012 version finds that the majority of countries have made only a slow progress on closing gender gaps. Most highly developed countries score well … Continue reading

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The More Women Work, The More Babies They Have

A French study by Angela Luci and Olivier Thévenon, cited in several national and international journals, shows that the OECD countries with the most working women have higher fertility rates. The fact that overall birth rates have somewhat risen in … Continue reading

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Female Employment – an effective instrument to reduce child poverty

A recently published OECD report, named “Doing better for families”, looks at the different ways in which governments support families. The book discusses aspects of child poverty and children’s well-being and follows up on the question how to successfully and … Continue reading

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Why French women suceed better in balancing work and family life than German women.

Although Germany and France bear many similarities regarding economics, politics and institutions as compared to other European countries, the birth rate and full-time female labour force participation rate are significantly lower in Germany. Both in France and in Germany, there … Continue reading

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Maternity leave in the US: Role model urgently needed!

The United States is the only Western country that does not mandate paid parental leave. This has not only negative consequences for women, but for all of society, as it reduces the country’s economic output. Randomly adapting any European parental … Continue reading

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