The attachment of adult women to the Italian labour market in the shadow of COVID-19

Davide Fiaschi, Cristina Tealdi*

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We investigate the attachment to the labour market of women in their 30s, who are combining career and family choices, through their reactions to an exogenous, and potentially symmetric shock, such as the COVID-19 pandemic. We find that in Italy a large number of women with small children, living in the North, left permanent (and temporary) employment and became inactive in 2020. Despite the short period of observation after the burst of the pandemic, the identified impacts appear large and persistent, particularly with respect to the men of the same age. We argue that this evidence is ascribable to specific regional socio-cultural factors, which foreshadow a potential long-term detrimental impact on female labour force participation.

Original languageEnglish
Article number102402
JournalLabour Economics
Early online date2 Jun 2023
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2023


  • Childcare
  • Female labour force participation
  • Labour market flows
  • Socio-cultural factors
  • Transition probabilities

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management


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