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Title:The family gap in wages: what Wombmates reveal PDF Logo
Authors:Simonsen, Marianne
Skipper, Lars
Issue Date:2009
Series/Report no.:IZA discussion papers 4650
Abstract:We shed new light on the effects of having children on hourly wages by exploiting access to data on the entire population of employed same-sex twins in Denmark. Our second contribution is the use of administrative data on absenteeism; the amount of hours off due to holidays and sickness. Our results suggest that childbearing reduces female hourly wages but the principal explanation is in fact mothers' higher levels of absence. We find a positive wage premium for fathers.
Subjects:Fertility
wages
twins
JEL:J13
J24
J31
J71
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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