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Mothers in the Labor Market

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  • Describes the increasing incorporation of mothers in the labor market
  • Emphasizes the importance of socio-economic policies reconciling work and family life
  • Complements theoretical analyses with global empirical evidence

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This book describes the social and economic issues that emerge from mothers in labor markets.  It provides insight in what the quantitative effect of motherhood on the decline in mothers’ earnings is, and how things differ for mothers with lower income and lower levels of education.  It also sheds light on how this effect varies for different countries and/or cultural areas, and what the impact of socio-economic policies on mothers’ labor supply is and how it changes in different family contexts. The book covers topics such as labor participation and hours of work, paid-work and home production, flexibility and work from home, self-employment and entrepreneurship, fertility and maternity leave, wage-penalty and career interruption, labor supply and childcare, gender norms and cultural issues, intra-household wage inequality and much more. This book provides an interesting read to economists, social scientists, policy makers and HR managers and all those interested in the subject.

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Table of contents (10 chapters)

Editors and Affiliations

  • Faculty of Economics and Business Studies, University of Zaragoza, Zaragoza, Spain

    José Alberto Molina

About the editor

José Alberto Molina is Full Professor of Economics (University of Zaragoza, Spain) since 2012. He is the Director of the Institute on Employment, Digital Society and Sustainability-IEDIS (University of Zaragoza, Spain) since January 2021. Professor Molina has been Visiting Fellow at FEDEA (Madrid, Spain), at Warwick University (UK), at the University of Rhode Island (USA) and at the Boston College (USA). He is international reviewer of JCR journals, of research projects and grants, and of doctoral theses. He is currently Associate Editor of Applied Economics, Applied Economics Letters, Journal of Family and Economic Issues, PLOS ONE and Review of Economics of the Household. The main research area of Professor Molina is microeconomics and, particularly, population and family economics, labour economics, mobility and well-being, with specific interest in intra-household allocation and inter-generational transfers. He is also working on projects related to efficient bargaining in families and time uses. Professor Molina has published in Ecological Economics, Economic Inquiry, Economic Modelling, Economics of Education Review, Energy Policy, European Journal of Health Economics, Feminist Economics, Journal of Agricultural Economics, Journal of Policy Modelling, Journal of Population Economics, Journal of Regional Science, Journal of Transport Geography, Journal of Transport Economics and Policy, Kyklos, PLOS ONE, Review of Economics of the Household and Transport Policy, among others.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Mothers in the Labor Market

  • Editors: José Alberto Molina

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Social Sciences, Social Sciences (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2022

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-99779-3Published: 25 May 2022

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-99782-3Published: 26 May 2023

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-99780-9Published: 24 May 2022

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XIV, 269

  • Number of Illustrations: 1 b/w illustrations

  • Topics: Demography, Labor Economics, Sociology of Work

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