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Women´s wages and childbearing decisions: Evidence from Italy

  • Concetta Rondinelli

    (Bank of Italy, Department of Economic Outlook and Monetary Policy Studies)

  • Arnstein Aassve

    (Università Bocconi, Milano)

  • Francesco Billari

    (Bocconi University, Milan)

During the early 1990s, Italy became one of the first countries to reach lowest-low fertility. This was also a period in which women´s education and labour force participation increased. We analyze the role of women´s (potential) wages on their fertility decisions by making use of two different surveys. This enables us to apply discrete-time duration models. For first births, we find evidence of non-proportional hazards and of some "recuperation" effects; for second and third births, instead, wage exhibits small intensity although there is a clear division between Northern and Southern Italian regions.

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Article provided by Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany in its journal Demographic Research.

Volume (Year): 22 (2010)
Issue (Month): 19 (April)
Pages: 549-578

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