This research project aims to address two important issues for OECD countries, namely persistently low fertility rates leading to aging societies and gender inequality in the labour market. Recent work has shown that gender wage gaps are higher in jobs that reward working long hours while career interruption following childbirth is one important driver of divergence between men’s and women’s career path. At the same time, the reduction in total fertility rates since 1950 has been driven by highly-educated women. This project explores how high-skill jobs’ requirements in working hours relates to female underrepresentation, gender wage gaps and fertility decisions.

Barbara Boggiano obtained a scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) to visit ZEW and work on this project (more information here).