Career interrupted: the economic impact of motherhood


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Author: Caranci, Beata; Gauthier, Pascal


In this brief report, the authors examine what they call the 'motherhood gap'. They suggest that Canadian working mothers who leave their jobs to have children and then re-enter the workforce later can face a three to nine per cent loss in wages occurs each time they exit and re-enter the workforce, and this effect typically persists for three to five years. The report suggests that if employers want to attract mothers back to the workforce they need to be prepared to offer jobs with fair wages as well as a sense of greater responsibility, in order to entice women to make the trade-off...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Career development; Gender; Economics; Income; Employment

Keywords: Career pattern; Economic impact; Wage; Return to work; Employers

Geographic subjects: Canada; North America

Published: Toronto, Ontario: TD Bank Group, 2010

Physical description: 7 p.

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Series: TD Economics special report; October 12, 2010

Resource type: Report

Document number: TD/TNC 118.739

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