Paternity leave: Impacts on male careers
The aim of this research project is to explore the impacts of paternity leave on male career progression in cooperation with pupils. Whereas the consequences of maternity leave have been a longtime research topic in career-, labor market- and gender research, the impacts of paternity leave on male careers are hardly explored so far.
The research project analyses existing literature und data about paternity leave including regulatory framework: on the basis of data of the Main Association of Austrian Social Security Institutions the child-caring fathers are described and their income and career development is compared to men without interruptions in employment. Individual motives to take paternity leave and career orientations are subjects of personal interviews. In addition, managers are interviewed to learn about companies’ strategies relating to paternity leave.
Focus groups with colleagues demonstrate social practices which are highly relevant for a successful comeback and further career progression. So the main research question is if and in which way paternity leave might be an instrument to change companies’ working culture (stereotypes, understanding of career). This analysis is linked to Scandinavian research results, that will be contributed by a Swedish research partner
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