Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/48225
Authors: 
Boll, Christina
Year of Publication: 
2010
Series/Report no.: 
HWWI Research Paper 1-29
Abstract: 
This paper aims to quantify West German mothers' foregone earnings that stem from intermittent labor market participation due to first birth. As Random Effects regression results with German Socio-Economic Panel Data (West) indicate, at the closure time of their fecundity window mothers realize gross hourly wage cuts up to 25 %, compared to equally educated career women, whereas the total of annualized losses amounts to as far as 201,000 Euro. In the context of a dynamic bargaining model of household decisions, the care bill is suspected of delaying first birth or even preventing women from motherhood if divorce seems sufficiently probable.
Subjects: 
Cooperative bargaining
wage loss
fertility decision
JEL: 
C33
J13
J31
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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