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Adieu Rabenmutter—culture, fertility, female labour supply, the gender wage gap and childcare

  • Rainald Borck

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This paper studies the effect of cultural attitudes on childcare provision, fertility, female labour supply and the gender wage gap. Cross-country data show that fertility, female labour force participation and childcare provision are positively correlated with each other, while the gender wage gap seems to be negatively correlated with these variables. The paper presents a model with endogenous fertility, female labour supply and childcare choices driven by cultural attitudes which fits these facts. There may exist multiple equilibria: one with zero childcare provision, low fertility and female labour supply and high wage gap and one with high childcare provision, high fertility and female labour supply and low wage gap. Copyright Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2014

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Article provided by Springer & European Society for Population Economics in its journal Journal of Population Economics.

Volume (Year): 27 (2014)
Issue (Month): 3 (July)
Pages: 739-765

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Handle: RePEc:spr:jopoec:v:27:y:2014:i:3:p:739-765
DOI: 10.1007/s00148-013-0499-z
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