Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/82289
Authors: 
Boschini, Anne
Håkanson, Christina
Rosén, Åsa
Sjögren, Anna
Year of Publication: 
2011
Series/Report no.: 
Working Paper, IFAU - Institute for Labour Market Policy Evaluation 2011:15
Abstract: 
Earnings in mid-career and children are two fundamental outcomes of the life-choices of men and women. Both require time and other resources and reflect the accumulated priorities of individuals and couples. We explore how these outcomes have changed for Swedish men and women born 1945-1962 by documenting changes in education, assortative mating patterns, completed fertility and mid-career earnings. We find an overall increasing inequality in career and family outcomes of men, reflecting a rise in the family-career complementarity. For women, the family-career trade-off has eased for non-professionals, and there appears to be a convergence in the life-choices of women across education groups. Despite these different developments for men and women, we find that within-family specialization, measured by the average spousal earnings contribution, is remarkably stable through the period.
Subjects: 
Fertility
mid-career earnings
education
gender
assortative mating
family-career trade-off
JEL: 
J12
J13
J16
J24
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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