Balancing Work and Family: New Mothers’ Employment Decisions During Childbearing

  • Andrea Neri
  • Martina Lo Conte
  • Piero Casadio
Part of the AIEL Series in Labour Economics book series (AIEL)


A rise in female labour-market participation and a decline in birth rates have been observed in most European countries. Nevertheless, in the past decade, several countries, notably France, Spain and Germany, have experienced a joint increase in female participation and fertility, mainly because of national policies aimed at balancing work and family life.


Employment Rate Employment Protection Labour Force Survey Nursery School Female Participation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Economic Research DepartmentBank of ItalyRomeItaly
  2. 2.Social Statistics DepartmentIstat, Istituto Nazionale di StatisticaRomeItaly

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