Journal of Family and Economic Issues

, Volume 35, Issue 2, pp 214–227 | Cite as

Determinants of Employment Decisions After the First Child Birth in Spain

  • María A. DaviaEmail author
  • Nuria Legazpe
Original Paper


The aim of this paper is to analyse impact of human capital on employment decisions (namely, entry and exit from employment) of first-time mothers in Spain. To carry out the analysis, we use the Fertility, Family and Values Survey of 2006. Transitions are studied via discrete-time duration models with control for frailty. The results indicate that education, previous work experience and living without a partner increase the likelihood of (re-)entering employment and decrease the likelihood of leaving employment after the first child than their low-educated, non-experienced and partnered counterparts. Women in recent cohorts register more (re-)employment transitions than the rest. However, no differences were observed in the transits out of employment across cohorts, which prove small progress in the work-life balance in Spain over the last decades. Finally, the circumstances around childbirth do not seem to influence employment decisions of first-time mothers.


Family and work Employment transitions Female labour force Motherhood 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Facultad de Ciencias Económicas y EmpresarialesUniversidad de Castilla-La ManchaAlbaceteSpain
  2. 2.Facultad de Ciencias Sociales-Edificio Gil de AlbornozUniversidad de Castilla-La ManchaCuencaSpain

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