This paper illustrates how sequence analysis can be used to analyse
work-family reconciliation strategies of parents and in particular the
role of parental leave in these strategies. The use of administrative
records makes a detailed, longitudinal analysis possible, which enables
a holistic approach to the question from the broader life-course view.
In addition, as an explorative technique, sequence analysis results are
a powerful instrument for formulating further research questions. For
the paper anonymous administrative records of mothers and fathers
working in Luxembourg are used.
Keywords: Work-family reconciliation, parental leave, work-family trajectory, sequence analysis
JEL classification: J13, J16, J18