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Having a child means a big pay cut for Danish women — but not for men

Even in Denmark — where social policies give parents a generous 52 weeks of fully paid family leave — women who have children take a big pay cut in the long run, per a new study by Danish economists.

The bottom line: About a year after the birth of her first child, a woman earns more than 35% less than a woman without kids. Men with and without kids earn almost exactly the same.

Adapted from Kleven et al., 2018, “Children and Gender Inequality: Evidence from Denmark”; Chart: Axios Visuals