Productivity Takes Leave? Examining the Impact of Maternity Leave Policies on Academic Careers
Motherhood and professional advancements often conflict. Studies of female academics highlight gender disparities in senior ranks. One explanation for this inequality is unequal caregiving responsibilities borne by women, particularly early in their children’s lives. In this talk, Vera Troeger will examine the impact of maternity leave policies at institutions of higher education on women’s careers.
The speaker Vera Troeger holds the Chair of Comparative Political Science at the University of Hamburg since 2019. In addition, she is currently serving as president of the European Political Science Association as well as the diversity committee of the EPSA. Her research interests lie at the intersection between international and comparative political economy, labour economics, as well as applied quantitative data analysis and political methodology. In particular she studies the impact of parental leave policies on productivity, career development, and the gender pay gap as well as economic policy diffusion and spill-overs of monetary and tax policy. In addition, she contributes to the field of quantitative political methodology, especially pooled cross-section time series analysis, the trade-off between bias and efficiency in finite sample econometrics and endogeneity issues.