The disabling effects of enabling social policies on organisations’ human capital development practices for women

Astrid Reichel*, Mila Lazarova, Eleni Apospori, Fida Afiouni, Maike Andresen, Janine Bosak, Emma Parry, Silvia Bagdadli, Jon P. Briscoe, Martina Gianecchini, Pamela Suzanne, Mami Taniguchi

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Abstract

Paid parental leave and externally provided childcare are social policies designed to enhance parents' labour force participation. These policies influence not only men's and women's decisions regarding their labour market activity but also organisational decision makers' (ODMs) expectations about their employees' availability to work and thus, their willingness to invest in their employees' human capital. Using a sample of over 13,000 individuals from 19 countries, we investigate the interaction between gender and social policies on human capital development practices. In line with statistical discrimination theory, which suggests that ODMs hold different expectations about female and male productivity, we find that paid parental leave and externally provided childcare are negatively associated with the provision of human capital development for women but not for men.

Original languageEnglish
JournalHuman Resource Management Journal
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Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2022

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management

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