Childbearing and paid work

Interdependencies between childbearing and women’s paid work in an international perspective constitute the main area of my expertise. I examined the role of women’s involvement in paid work on their childbearing behaviours and studied the impact of parenthood on women’s labour market outcomes. I have also studied the role of the social context (family and employment policies, gender role attitudes or economic conditions) on the links between women’s paid work and fertility. For instance, together with Ivett Szalma, we demonstrated how different parental leave regulations in Poland and Hungary affect maternal return to work after first birth and their decision to have the second child. Furthermore, I showed with Daniele Vignoli that Polish women are more likely to combine paid work and family than Italian women even though the institutional support for working mothers is equally weak in both countries. Financial necessities and/or higher attachment of women to paid work, inherited during the communism, may be responsible for this state of affairs. Finally, one of my noteworthy contributions in this research area is a construction of the quantitative social indicator which aims at assessing the country-specific conditions for work and family reconciliation quantitatively. This publication, co-authored by D. Weziak-Bialowolska, was distinguished by the Springer Nature for providing groundbreaking scientific findings with a potential to “change the world” and “help the humanity”.

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