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Parenthood and Productivity of Highly Skilled Labor: Evidence from the Groves of Academe

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  • Matthias Krapf

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    (Empirical Research in Business, Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management, University of Zürich, Switzerland)

  • Heinrich W. Ursprung

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    (Department of Economics, University of Konstanz, Germany)

  • Christian Zimmermann

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    (Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, St. Louis, MO 63166-0442, USA)

Abstract

We examine the effect of parenthood on the research productivity of academic economists. Combining the survey responses of nearly 10,000 economists with their publication records as documented in their RePEc accounts, we do not find that motherhood is associated with low research productivity. Nor do we find a statistically significant unconditional effect of a first child on research productivity. Conditional difference-in-differences estimates, however, suggest that the effect of parenthood on research productivity is negative for unmarried women and positive for untenured men. Moreover, becoming a mother before 30 years of age appears to have a detrimental effect on research productivity.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, University of Konstanz in its series Working Paper Series of the Department of Economics, University of Konstanz with number 2014-04.

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