We collaborated with the Women in Economics Network (WEN) to crowdsource potential NEP poll questions from the participants of the recent Australian Gender Economics Workshop 2019.
The proposition we chose - regarding the impact of motherhood on a woman's career - goes to the heart of many of the current policy issues/debates in this space (eg. childcare, maternity/parental leave, disincentives arising from the tax/transfer system, under-valuation of care, household allocation of tasks & sharing of domestic/childrearing duties etc).
We asked our panellists the following:
Proposition 1: "Without changes to existing public policy or private sector practice in Australia, motherhood will always negatively affect a woman's career."
Proposition 2: "In Australia, fathers are more restricted than mothers in fulfilling a caring role while in employment."
Overview of Poll Results by Professor Guyonne Kalb
In recent years, encouraging female labour force participation has often been on the policy reform agenda, either for: equity reasons, to reduce income support dependence, or to counteract declining population participation rates due to an ageing population.