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Dynamics of Women's Employment Patterns over the Family Life Course: A Comparison of the United States and Germany

Sonja Drobnič, Hans-Peter Blossfeld and Götz Rohwer
Journal of Marriage and Family
Vol. 61, No. 1 (Feb., 1999), pp. 133-146
DOI: 10.2307/353889
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/353889
Page Count: 14
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Dynamics of Women's Employment Patterns over the Family Life Course: A Comparison of the United States and Germany
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Abstract

We use event history analysis to study the effects of family-related factors on the employment behavior of U.S. and (West) German women in a dynamic life course perspective. Data from the National Survey of Families and Households and the German Socioeconomic Panel are analyzed to examine the differential determinants of entry into and exit from full-time and part-time employment during the family life course and the differences in these processes between the two countries. Marriage and childbearing continue to influence exit from and entry into paid work in both countries. Family structure plays a stronger role in women's working lives in Germany than in the U.S., and part-time work in Germany is more closely related to childbearing.

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