Clash of Career and Family: Fertility Decisions after Job Displacement

Del Bono, Emilia; Weber, Andrea and Winter-Ebmer, RudolfORCID: (2012) Clash of Career and Family: Fertility Decisions after Job Displacement. Journal of the European Economic Association, 10 (4), pp. 659-683. DOI: 10.1111/j.1542-4774.2012.01074.x

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In this paper we investigate how career considerations may affect fertility decisions in the presence of a temporary employment shock. We compare the birth rates of women displaced by a plant closure 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%–10%, and that these effects are largely explained by the response of women in more skilled occupations. We offer an explanation of our results based on career interruptions of women. (author's abstract)

Item Type: Article in Academic Journal
Classification Codes (e.g. JEL): J13; J64; J65; J24
Research Units: Current Research Groups > IHS general publications
Date Deposited: 29 Jun 2016 12:54
Last Modified: 09 Jan 2019 14:05
DOI: 10.1111/j.1542-4774.2012.01074.x
ISSN: 1542-4766

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