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Having a Baby: Some Predictions of Maternal Employment around Childbirth

Citation

Wenk, DeeAnn & Garrett, Patricia (1992). Having a Baby: Some Predictions of Maternal Employment around Childbirth. Gender and Society, 6(1), 49-65.

Abstract

This analysis tests the influence of personal, job, and family status characteristics on maternal employment. We use the Merged Child/Mother File from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth to examine employment patterns of mothers who gave birth between 1979 and 1986. Logistic regression is used to estimate the probabilities; proportional hazards techniques are used to estimate rates of leaving and return to employment after childbirth. We find that family status factors and the proportion of the family income the mother earns are consistently important in predicting maternal employment. Human capital factors are more significant in predicting employment exits and the rate of exit than the rate of return or employment status one year after a birth.

URL

https://doi.org/10.1177/089124392006001004

Reference Type

Journal Article

Journal Title

Gender and Society

Author(s)

Wenk, DeeAnn
Garrett, Patricia

Year Published

1992

Volume Number

6

Issue Number

1

Pages

49-65

Reference ID

143