The dynamics of female time allocation upon a first birth

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  • Christian Belzil, Denmark
  • Centre for Labour Market and Social Research
I estimate a non-stationary dynamic programming model of time allocation decisions between full-time work, child care and search activities upon a first birth using recursive methods. The model incorporates the following sequence of decisions; whether to stop working or not (for those who work), whether to give up tenure, when to undertake search activities (for those who give up tenure) and the setting of the optimal reservation wage. The value of specializing in child care activities is allowed to vary with child's age and I implement a version of the model where unobserved ability may affect both home an labor market productivities. Overall, the model is able to explain the relatively large fraction of women who do not experience career interruptions, the rapidly declining re-employment hazards and the weak effect of education on the duration of non-employment (hometime) spells.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 1997

    Research areas

  • Kvinders stilling på arbejdsmarkedet, HHÅ forskning, Child care, Endogenous search, Fertility, Young children, Female wages, Home productivity

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