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Parental Leave and the Glass Ceiling in Sweden

This research was supported by a grant from IFAU, Uppsala. A presentation based on this material was given as the Presidential Address by the first author at the European Society of Population Economics in Braga, Portugal, in June 2014.

aGeorgetown University
bStockholm University

Gender Convergence in the Labor Market

ISBN: 978-1-78441-456-6, eISBN: 978-1-78441-455-9

ISSN: 0147-9121

Publication date: 29 January 2015

Abstract

In this paper, we update and extend “Is There a Glass Ceiling in Sweden?” (Albrecht, Björklund, & Vroman, 2003) by documenting the extent to which the gender log wage gap across the distribution in Sweden has changed over the period 1998–2008. We then examine the Swedish glass ceiling in 2008 in more detail by documenting how it differs for white-collar versus blue-collar workers and for private- versus public-sector workers. We also examine when in the life cycle the glass ceiling effect arises and how this effect develops around the birth of the first child. Finally, we investigate the possible connection between the glass ceiling and the parental leave system in Sweden by linking wage data with data on parental leave from different Swedish registers.

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Albrecht, J., Thoursie, P.S. and Vroman, S. (2015), "Parental Leave and the Glass Ceiling in Sweden

This research was supported by a grant from IFAU, Uppsala. A presentation based on this material was given as the Presidential Address by the first author at the European Society of Population Economics in Braga, Portugal, in June 2014.

", Gender Convergence in the Labor Market (Research in Labor Economics, Vol. 41), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 89-114. https://doi.org/10.1108/S0147-912120140000041010

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