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The Effect of Skill Level on the Timing of Childbearing and Number of Children

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  • Peter Alders

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    (Erasmus University Rotterdam)

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This paper examines the effect of differences in ability on the timing and number ofchildren. Higher skilled women have less disutility of labor and have relatively lessutility of raising children. Motherhood has a negative effect on the accumulation ofhuman capital by learning-by-doing and thereby on career perspectives. A decline infertility is explained without a quantity-quality shift.

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Paper provided by Tinbergen Institute in its series Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers with number 98-127/3.

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Date of creation: 16 Dec 1998
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Handle: RePEc:dgr:uvatin:19980127

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Keywords: heterogeneity in skill level; number of children; timing childbearing;

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