Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/210936
Authors: 
Olivetti, Claudia
Patacchini, Eleonora
Zenou, Yves
Year of Publication: 
2019
Series/Report no.: 
IFN Working Paper 1295
Abstract: 
We study whether a woman's labor supply as a young adult is shaped by the work behavior of her adolescent peers' mothers. Using detailed information on a sample of U.S. teenagers who are followed over time, we find that labor force participation of high school peers' mothers affects adult women's labor force participation, above and beyond the effect of their own mothers. The analysis suggests that women who were exposed to a larger number of working mothers during adolescence are less likely to feel that work interferes with family responsibilities. This perception, in turn, is important for whether they work when they have children.
Subjects: 
Role models
Identity
Female labor supply
Peer effects
Work-family conflict
JEL: 
J22
Z13
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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