Gender, Work & Organization vol:18 issue:1 pages:E110-E131
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.