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Our project is entitled �The Rationale of Motherhood Choices: Influence of Employment Conditions and of Public Policies (MOCHO)�. It is part of the Key Action �Improving Human Research Potential and the Socio-economic Knowledge Base� of the Fifth Framework Programme of the European Commission. It is a three-year project that has started on the 1st of October 2001 and will run until the 1st of October 2004. Five countries participate in the project. Besides Belgium and the Netherlands, the two coordinators of the project, Italy, Greece and France are involved.
In this project we aim to study how motherhood decisions are affected by labour market conditions and how public policies can be designed in order to promote parenthood by dual career couples, which is becoming the normal way of life in the European Union�s member states. Such an in-depth analysis will allow us to contribute to the design of better policies at the European and at national levels to facilitate the combination of parenthood and work. Particularly we focus on supplying results to the EU officials that are responsible for the gender mainstreaming of the policy recommendations coming from the EU. A similar target group are officials at the national government level who are responsible for gender mainstreaming and equal opportunities.

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Authors: MEULDERS D, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Département d�Economie Appliquée (DULBEA), Brussels (BE);GUSTAFSSON S, Universiteit van Amsterdam, Department of Economics and Econometrics, Amsterdam (NL)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 20792 EN (2003), 226 pp. Euro: 35
Availability: EUR-OP reference: KI-NA-20-792-EN-C Available from EUR-OP sales agents URL:
ISBN: ISBN 92-894-5757-0
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