7.6 million from The ROCKWOOL Foundation

2020.06.12 | Birgitte Højklint Nielsen

Professor Nabanita Datta Gupta

Professor Nina Smith

Associate Professor Astrid Würtz Rasmussen

Professor Nabanita Datta Gupta has received DKK 7,604,000 from The ROCKWOOL Foundation for her project entitled ”Is there a motherhood penalty in Denmark? – Heterogeneity across sectors, firms and workers”.

Professor Nina Smith and Associate Professor Astrid Würtz Rasmussen are also involved in the project.

Other researchers include Assistant Professor Yana Gallen, University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy and Senior Researcher Jacob Ladenburg, ROCKWOOL Foundation Research Unit.

The project will also finance a PhD and post-doc positions at the Department of Economics and Business Economics.

The project has three main aims. First, a comprehensive investigation will be carried out into the drivers and correlates of the motherhood penalty in the Danish labour market (i.e., the sustained drop in wages, employment probabilities or promotion probabilities faced by mothers after childbirth compared to childless women or fathers) and its implications for gender wage and career progression gaps. Second, a mapping of the heterogeneity in this penalty will be undertaken both within and across sectors, firms and worker types. Finally, the observed rise in the motherhood penalty over time will be explained including any changing role of sorting by mothers across firms.

The project will make use of Danish administrative register merged to survey time-use and labour force survey data employing causal econometric methods or event study methods to estimate the causes and consequences of childbirth-related leaves and motherhood penalties across sectors, firms and workers.

The project will run from the 3rd quarter of 2020 up to and including the 2nd quarter of 2024.