Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/93460
Authors: 
Krapf, Matthias
Ursprung, Heinrich
Zimmermann, Christian
Year of Publication: 
2014
Series/Report no.: 
CESifo Working Paper 4641
Abstract: 
We examine the effect of pregnancy and parenthood on the research productivity of academic economists. Combining the survey responses of nearly 10,000 economists with their publication records as documented in their RePEc accounts, we do not find that motherhood is associated with low research productivity. Nor do we find a statistically significant unconditional effect of a first child on research productivity. Conditional difference-in-differences estimates, however, suggest that the effect of parenthood on research productivity is negative for unmarried women and positive for untenured men. Moreover, becoming a mother before 30 years of age appears to have a detrimental effect on research productivity.
Subjects: 
fertility
research productivity
gender gap
life cycle
JEL: 
J13
I23
J24
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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