Women's Family-Related Career Break: A Long-Term British Perspective Articles uri icon

publication date

  • June 2008

start page

  • 127

end page

  • 167


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International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1569-5239

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1573-7152


  • The current work uses retrospective data from the British Household Panel Survey to analyze whether family-related quits have long-term effects on women's occupational prestige. At a descriptive level and without controlling for endogeneity, the results show a negative association between intermittent attachment to the labor market for family-related reasons and women's occupational prestige. In causal terms (controlling for endogeneity) the results provide evidence that women expecting to leave the labor force tend to choose lower-prestige occupations in anticipation of future career interruptions.