Journal of Family and Economic Issues

, Volume 27, Issue 2, pp 287–309 | Cite as

Labor Force Transitions after Childbirth Among Five Birth Cohorts in Sweden

  • Maria A. StanforsEmail author


This article describes part-time work in Sweden and performs a multivariate analysis of the choice between part-time work, full-time work, and other activities in connection with childbirth among five birth cohorts of women. Results show that the combination of market work and family is common, but heterogeneity exists among women in the sample analyzed. Previous labor force participation proves important when it comes to returning to the labor market. The extent of previous labor force participation is also important, regardless of sector of, when it comes to the return to part-time or full-time work. Career orientation and social background also prove significant, some indicators probably working indirectly through higher education and different preferences.


fertility; gender; labor force transitions; longitudinal analysis; part-time work. 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Lund University        
  2. 2.Department of Economic HistoryLund UniversityLundSweden

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