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Title: Career sidestep, wage setback? The impact of different types of employment interruptions on wages
Authors: Theunissen, Gert ×
Verbruggen, Marijke
Forrier, Anneleen
Sels, Luc #
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: Blackwell Publishers
Series Title: Gender, Work & Organization vol:18 issue:1 pages:E110-E131
Abstract: We examined the wage implications of different types of wage employment interruptions in a sample of 44,384 Belgian employees. The employment interruption types included are family leave, unemployment, self-employment, educational leave and a category other interruptions (for example, travel, voluntary work). We conduct separate analyses for men and women. Results indicate that unemployment spells and family breaks are penalized by lower subsequent wages, while the wage impact of selfemployment spells and educational leave is insignificant. Family breaks
and unemployment spells were found to be more harmful for men than for women. Implications of the results and directions for future research are discussed.
ISSN: 0968-6673
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Research Centre for Organisation Studies, Leuven
Department of Human Resources Management, Campus Carolus Antwerp
Faculty of Economics and Business (FEB) - miscellaneous
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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