Department of Economics and Business Economics

Playing the Fertility Game at Work: An Equilibrium Model of Peer Effects

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  • Federico Ciliberto
    Federico CilibertoUniversity of VirginiaUnited States
  • Amalia Rebecca Miller
    Amalia Rebecca MillerUniversity of VirginiaUnited States
  • Helena Skyt Nielsen
  • Marianne Simonsen
We study workplace peer effects in fertility decisions using a game theory model of strategic interactions among coworkers that allows for multiple equilibria. Using register-based data on fertile-aged women working in medium sized
establishments in Denmark, we uncover negative average peer effects. Allowing for heterogeneous effects by worker type, we find that positive effects dominate across worker types defined by age or education. Negative effects dominate within age groups and among low-education types. Policy simulations show that these estimated effects make the distribution of where women work an important consideration, beyond simply if they work, in predicting population fertility.
Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Economic Review
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)827-856
Number of pages30
StatePublished - 2016

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