Department of Economics and Business Economics

Marianne Simonsen

The Family Gap Reconsidered: What Wombmates Reveal

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We shed new light on the effects of having children on hourly wages by exploiting
access to data on the entire population of employed twins in Denmark. In addition
we use 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 both when applying OLS on the entire population
of Danes and when imposing twin fixed effects in the twin sample.
Original languageEnglish
Place of publicationAarhus
PublisherInstitut for Økonomi, Aarhus Universitet
Number of pages27
Publication statusPublished - 2009

    Research areas

  • Fertility, wages, twins

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