Do Women Want to Work More or More Regularly?


Thursday, November 29, 2018, 11:40am to 1:00pm


WAPPP Cason Seminar Room, Taubman 102
Clémentine Van Effenterre, WAPPP Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School
Many women across the world feel as though that they must make a choice between career and family. In this seminar, Clémentine Van Effenterre presents evidence that reveals that most working women only ask for flexibility when their children require it. She also shows that temporal flexibility is especially costly for high-skilled mothers using data from a class scheduling reform in the French school systems. Since 1972, French children have had no school on Wednesday. In 2013, a reform reallocated some classes to Wednesday morning. Taking advantage of the variation in the implementation of this reform, Clémentine finds that mothers are more likely to work full-time and on Wednesday once institutional constraints are relaxed. She also finds that high-skilled mothers experience an increase in hourly wages corresponding to 10 percent of the gender wage gap.