Journal of Family and Economic Issues

, Volume 35, Issue 2, pp 214–227 | Cite as

Determinants of Employment Decisions After the First Child Birth in Spain

Original Paper


The aim of this paper is to analyse impact of human capital on employment decisions (namely, entry and exit from employment) of first-time mothers in Spain. To carry out the analysis, we use the Fertility, Family and Values Survey of 2006. Transitions are studied via discrete-time duration models with control for frailty. The results indicate that education, previous work experience and living without a partner increase the likelihood of (re-)entering employment and decrease the likelihood of leaving employment after the first child than their low-educated, non-experienced and partnered counterparts. Women in recent cohorts register more (re-)employment transitions than the rest. However, no differences were observed in the transits out of employment across cohorts, which prove small progress in the work-life balance in Spain over the last decades. Finally, the circumstances around childbirth do not seem to influence employment decisions of first-time mothers.


Family and work Employment transitions Female labour force Motherhood 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Facultad de Ciencias Económicas y EmpresarialesUniversidad de Castilla-La ManchaAlbaceteSpain
  2. 2.Facultad de Ciencias Sociales-Edificio Gil de AlbornozUniversidad de Castilla-La ManchaCuencaSpain

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