Clash of Career and Family: Fertility Decisions after Job Displacement

Del Bono, Emilia and Weber, Andrea and Winter-Ebmer, Rudolf (February 2008) Clash of Career and Family: Fertility Decisions after Job Displacement. IHS Economics Series 222

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Abstract: In this paper we investigate how fertility decisions respond to unexpected career interruptions which occur as a consequence of job displacement. Using an event study approach we compare the birth rates of displaced women with those of women unaffected by job loss after establishing the pre-displacement comparability of these groups. Our results reveal that job displacement reduces average fertility by 5 to 10% in both the short and medium term (3 and 6 years) and that these effects are largely explained by the response of white collar women. Using an instrumental variable approach we provide evidence that the reduction in fertility is not due to the income loss generated by unemployment but arises because displaced workers undergo a career interruption. These results are interpreted in the light of a model in which the rate of human capital accumulation slows down after the birth of a child and all specific human capital is destroyed upon job loss.;

Item Type: IHS Series
Keywords: 'Fertility' 'Unemployment' 'Plant closings' 'Human capital'
Classification Codes (e.g. JEL): J13, J64, J65, J24
Status: Published
Date Deposited: 26 Sep 2014 10:38
Last Modified: 22 Jul 2017 07:33
URI: http://irihs.ihs.ac.at/id/eprint/1824

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