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ERIC Number: EJ974545
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jun
Pages: 26
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ISSN: ISSN-0037-7732
Maternity Leave in Turbulent Times: Effects on Labor Market Transitions and Fertility in Russia, 1985-2000
Gerber, Theodore P.; Perelli-Harris, Brienna
Social Forces, v90 n4 p1297-1322 Jun 2012
Maternity leave policies are designed to ease the tension between women's employment and fertility, but whether they actually play such a role remains unclear. We analyze the individual-level effects of maternity leave on employment outcomes and on second conception rates among Russian first-time mothers from 1985-2000 using retrospective job and fertility histories from the Survey of Stratification and Migration Dynamics in Russia. During this period Russia experienced tremendous economic and political turbulence, which many observers believed would undermine policies like maternity leave and otherwise adversely affect the situation of women. Nevertheless, we find that maternity leave helped women maintain a foothold in the labor market, even during the more turbulent post-transition period. Also, women who took "extended" leave (6-36 months) in connection with a first birth had elevated rates of second conceptions after they returned to the workforce.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Russia