Family-related employment interruptions and self-employment of women: Does policy matter?

This paper analyzes how statutory entitlements to maternity or parental leave affect female entry into self-employment after childbirth. For our estimations we use comprehensive panel data for German adults born between 1944 and 1989. We find that utilization of statutory parental leave decreases women's probability to switch into self-employment. This effect is statistically significant for start-ups in high-skilled occupations. In contrast, start-ups in low-skilled occupations are not significantly affected by statutory parental leave.

Suprinovic, O.; Schneck, S.; Kay, R. (2015): Family-related employment interruptions and self-employment of women: Does policy matter?, IfM Bonn: Working Paper 03/15, Bonn.

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