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ERIC Number: EJ805163
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 19
ISSN: ISSN-0022-166X
The Effect of a First Child on Female Labor Supply: Evidence from Women Seeking Fertility Services
Cristia, Julian P.
Journal of Human Resources, v43 n3 p487-510 2008
Estimating the causal effect of a first child on female labor supply is complicated by the endogeneity of fertility. This paper addresses this problem by focusing on a sample of women from the National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG) who sought help to become pregnant. After a certain period, only some of these women gave birth. Results using this strategy show that having a first child younger than one year old reduces female employment by 26 percentage points. These estimates are close to OLS estimates from census data and to those from OLS and fixed-effects models on NSFG data. (Contains 11 tables, 2 figures and 20 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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