Determinants of Australian mothers' employment: An analysis of lone and couple mothers

Gray, Matthew, Qu, Lixia, de Vaus, David and Millward, Christine (2003) Determinants of Australian mothers' employment: An analysis of lone and couple mothers. Australian Journal of Labour Economics, 6 4: 597-617.

Author Gray, Matthew
Qu, Lixia
de Vaus, David
Millward, Christine
Title Determinants of Australian mothers' employment: An analysis of lone and couple mothers
Journal name Australian Journal of Labour Economics
ISSN 1328-1143
Publication date 2003-12
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 6
Issue 4
Start page 597
End page 617
Total pages 21
Place of publication Perth, WA, Australia
Publisher Centre for Labour Market Research
Language eng
Formatted abstract
While the lower rates of employment of lone mothers as compared with couple mothers has been well-documented, the reasons for the employment gap are less well understood. This paper uses data from the 1996 Australian Census to analyse the factors which explain the employment gap. We find determinants are generally similar for lone and couple mothers, although there are several important differences. In general, factors that are typically associated with lower rates of employment, and could be considered a barrier to employment, have a larger negative effect on the probability of employment of lone mother than on couple mothers. Importantly, it is found that the presence of children has a similar impact on the employment of lone and couple mothers. The analysis also reveals that approaching half of the employment gap is due to differences in the characteristics of the lone and couple mothers.
© The Centre for Labour Market Research, 2003
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ
Additional Notes Special Issue: "Women and Work: Research and Policy Issues".

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences - Publications
 
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