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(Non)persistent effects of fertility on female labour supply

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  • Rondinelli, Concetta
  • Zizza, Roberta

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The negative association between fertility and female labour supply is complicated by the endogeneity of fertility. We address this problem by using an exogenous variation in family size caused by infertility shocks, related to the fact that nature prevents some women from achieving their desired fertility levels. Despite a widely-documented reduction of female labour supply around childbirth, using the SHIW we find that this effect dissipates over time, with some signs of penalties relating to job quality and careers. Results are confirmed by exploiting the Birth Survey, with insights of a different impact according to the age of the child.

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Paper provided by Institute for Social and Economic Research in its series ISER Working Paper Series with number 2011-04.

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