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The wage effects of subsidized career breaks
Uppsala University, Units outside the University, Office of Labour Market Policy Evaluation.
Uppsala University, Units outside the University, Office of Labour Market Policy Evaluation.
2014 (English)In: Empirical Economics, ISSN 0377-7332, E-ISSN 1435-8921, Vol. 47, no 2, 593-617 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article studies how subsidized career breaks affect future labor market performance. The analysis uses a Swedish career break program where applications were accepted until local funds were exhausted. The rejected applicants serve as counterfactuals to derive estimates that are unaffected by selection or omitted variables. The estimated wage effect of a 10-month-long break is negative and in the order of 3 % 1-2 years after the interruption. The average applicant is estimated to have substantially lower returns to experience than the average worker. The results thus show that career breaks are costly, even for groups with low expected returns to experience, and in an environment with very compressed wages. The career breaks also induced an increase in job and task mobility whereas post-leave labor supply remained unaffected except for workers close to retirement.

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2014. Vol. 47, no 2, 593-617 p.
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Career interruptions, Wages, Experience, Job mobility
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Economics and Business
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-230925DOI: 10.1007/s00181-013-0757-7ISI: 000339971300009OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-230925DiVA: diva2:743579
Available from: 2014-09-04 Created: 2014-09-01 Last updated: 2017-12-05Bibliographically approved

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