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ERIC Number: ED505606
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Feb
Pages: 44
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 17
Working With Children? The Probability of Mothers Exiting the Workforce at Time of Birth. Working Paper 2008-8
Hotchkiss, Julie L.; Pitts, M. Melinda; Walker, Mary Beth
Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
Recent trends in the labor force participation of women have brought much public attention to the issue of women opting out. This paper explores the decision of working women to exit the labor market at a time of major transition--the birth of a child--utilizing linked vital statistics, administrative employer, and state welfare records. The results indicate that, consistent with utility maximization theory, women are not just opting out but rather are accurately assessing the potential opportunity and direct labor market costs of their exit decisions and are making workforce exit decisions based on measurable costs and benefits. (Contains 11 footnotes, 5 figures and 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta