Journal article

The Effect of a First Born Child on Work and Childcare Time Allocation: Pre-post Analysis of Australian Couples

George Argyrous, Lyn Craig, Sara Rahman

Social Indicators Research: an international and interdisciplinary journal for quality-of-life measurement | Springer Verlag | Published : 2017


This paper uses Australian data from a national representative sample of Australian couples having their first child. Using data from before and after the birth of the child on a range of variables, including economic resources, gender attitudes, workplace flexibility, and availability of non-parental childcare, we first model the factors are associated with the decision to remain in work or not after the birth of the first child. The main finding here is that childbirth has a major impact on mothers’ paid work-time, whereas for fathers it has very little impact. Factors that are related to a mother’s decision to remain in work or not include the absolute (but not relative) pay of each paren..

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