Fertility and economic instability: the role of unemployment and job displacement

Bono, Emilia Del and Weber, Andrea and Winter-Ebmer, Rudolf (2015) Fertility and economic instability: the role of unemployment and job displacement. Journal of Population Economics, 28 (2), pp. 463-478.

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In this paper, we study the separate effects of unemployment and job displacement on fertility in a sample of white collar women in Austria. Using an instrumental variable approach, we show that unemployment incidence as such has no negative effect on fertility decisions, but the very fact of being displaced from a career-oriented job has. Fertility rates for women affected by a firm closure are significantly below those of a control group, even after 6 years, and this is so irrespective of the incidence or the duration of the associated unemployment spell. (authors' abstract)

Item Type: Article in Academic Journal
Status: Published
Date Deposited: 19 Feb 2015 10:28
Last Modified: 01 Apr 2016 14:17
URI: http://irihs.ihs.ac.at/id/eprint/2979

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