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HR Policies and Maternal Labor Supply

The Example of Employer-Supported Childcare


Susanne Schneider

The author asks how far the extension of employer-supported childcare serves as a driver for higher maternal labor supply. She addresses this question by categorizing employer-supported childcare as an efficiency wage introduced by the employer to increase the working volume of mothers. Applying various impact evaluation techniques in an econometric analysis, the author concludes that the availability of employer-supported childcare has a positive impact on the length and working volume of mothers who return back to work after giving birth. Furthermore, the usage of employer-supported childcare by mothers with pre-school age children influences the amount of agreed and actual working hours positively.


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ATEAverage treatment effect
BMFSFJFederal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth
CDUChristian Democratic Party
CRMCompeting risk models
ESCCEmployer-supported childcare
EHAEvent history analysis
FidFamilien in Deutschland (Dataset)
FEFixed effects
HRMHuman resources management
LFPLabor force participation
OLSOrdinary least square
PSMPropensity score matching
SOEPSocio-Economic Panel of Germany
SPDSocial Democratic Party
SEStandard error
USAUnited States of America ← 9 | 10 →