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The Family Gap in Wages: What Wombmates Reveal

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  • Simonsen, Marianne

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    (Aarhus University)

  • Skipper, Lars

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    (KORA - Danish Institute for Local and Regional Government Research)

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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 same-sex twins in Denmark. Our second contribution is the use of 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.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 4650.

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Length: 32 pages
Date of creation: Dec 2009
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Publication status: published in: Labour Economics, 2012, 19 (1), 102-112
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  1. Joseph, Olivier & Pailhé, Ariane & Recotillet, Isabelle & Solaz, Anne, 2013. "The economic impact of taking short parental leave: Evaluation of a French reform," Labour Economics, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 25(C), pages 63-75.
  2. Fazeer Rahim, 2014. "Work-family attitudes and career interruptions due to childbirth," Review of Economics of the Household, Springer, Springer, vol. 12(1), pages 177-205, March.

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