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Front. Sociol. | doi: 10.3389/fsoc.2019.00067

Expanding Understanding of Motherhood Penalty: How Gaps in Family Policies Contribute to Gaps in Old-Age Earnings in Russia

  • 1University of Alabama in Huntsville, United States

This study identifies policy shortcomings in the structure of Russian family policies and old-age pension calculations and shows how gaps in coverage contribute to the motherhood penalty in Russia. I first show that shortages in access to affordable childcare contribute to mothers’ involuntary labor market inactivity leading to loss in earnings. I then discuss how childcare breaks are treated in terms of pensionable experience and present simulation of pension outcomes to show the negative impact of long childcare breaks on mothers’ pensions.

Keywords: Inequality, Family policy, Russia, Motherhood penalty, gender

Received: 01 Oct 2018; Accepted: 28 Aug 2019.

Copyright: © 2019 Kingsbury. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

* Correspondence: Dr. Marina A. Kingsbury, University of Alabama in Huntsville, Huntsville, United States, marinakingsbury@gmail.com