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Clash of career and family: fertility decisions after job displacement

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Publication date

Aug 2012

Summary

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.

Published in

Journal of the European Economic Association

Volume and page numbers

10 , 659 -683

DOI

http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1542-4774.2012.01074.x

ISSN

16

Subjects

Labour Market and Childbearing: Fertility

Links

http://serlib0.essex.ac.uk/record=b1599819~S5

Notes

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