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(Non)persistent effects of fertility on female labour supply

  • Concetta Rondinelli

    ()

    (Bank of Italy)

  • Roberta Zizza

    ()

    (Bank of Italy)

The negative association between fertility and female labour market participation is complicated by the endogeneity of fertility. We address this problem by using an exogenous variation in family size caused by infertility shocks, mainly 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 Bank of Italy's SHIW we find that this effect dissipates over time, with some clues of penalties related to job quality. Results are confirmed exploiting the Istat Birth Survey, with insights of a different impact according to the age of the child.

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Paper provided by Bank of Italy, Economic Research and International Relations Area in its series Temi di discussione (Economic working papers) with number 783.

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Handle: RePEc:bdi:wptemi:td_783_10
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