Fri, 16 Sept

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Macquarie Uni City Campus | Online

Children and the Gender Earnings Gap: Evidence for Australia

Authors: Elif Bahar, Natasha Bradshaw, Nathan Deutscher and Maxine Montaigne

Children and the Gender Earnings Gap: Evidence for Australia

Time & Location

16 Sept, 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm AEST

Macquarie Uni City Campus | Online, Level 24/123 Pitt St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

About the event

Elif Bahar will present some Treasury research on the impact of children on the gender earnings gap in Australia. Using an event study approach and the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) survey, the authors show the arrival of children has a large and persistent impact on the gender earnings gap, reducing female earnings by 55 per cent in the first five years following parenthood. 

They also show using personal income tax data collected by the Australian Tax Office (ATO) that this gap improves only slightly but remains high in the ten years following the arrival of children. The gap in earnings is attributed to lower participation rates and reduced working hours amongst mothers. 

Although the decline in earnings for women is very similar regardless of their ‘breadwinner’ status in the household pre-children, women with greater access to workplace flexibility are more likely to remain employed after having children.

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