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The incomes of families with children: a cross-national comparison

Sigle-Rushton, Wendy and Waldfogel, Jane (2007) The incomes of families with children: a cross-national comparison. Journal of European Social Policy, 17 (4). pp. 299-318. ISSN 0958-9287

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Abstract

Using data on seven countries, we estimate trajectories in family incomes for families with and without children following several stylized life-courses. Focusing mainly on women with a medium level of education, we find, in general, that gaps in family income are smallest in the Nordic countries, intermediate in the Anglo-American countries, and largest in the continental European countries. Our findings are similar to patterns observed in the literature on family gaps in women’s earnings and suggest that differences in earnings and labour market participation between women with different family histories are the major driver in the gaps in gross and disposable incomes that we observe.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://esp.sagepub.com/
Additional Information: © 2007 SAGE Publications
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Sets: Departments > Social Policy
Research centres and groups > Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines (STICERD)
Research centres and groups > Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion (CASE)
Collections > Economists Online
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 10 Jan 2011 11:21
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/31308/

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