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Is the persistent gender gap in income and wages due to unequal family responsibilities?

  • Angelov, Nikolay

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    (Uppsala Center for Labor Studies)

  • Johansson, Per

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    (Uppsala Center for Labor Studies)

  • Lindahl, Erica

    ()

    (IFAU)

We compare the income and wage trajectories of women in rela- tion to their male partners before and after parenthood. Focusing on the within-couple gap allows us to control for both observed and unobserved attributes of the spouse and to estimate both short- and long-term eects of entering parenthood. Our main nding is that 15 years after the rst child was born, the male-female gender gaps in income and wages have increased with 35 and 10 percentage points, respectively. In line with a collective labor supply model, the mag- nitude of these eects depends on relative incomes or wages within the family.

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Paper provided by Uppsala University, Department of Economics in its series Working Paper Series, Center for Labor Studies with number 2013:3.

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Length: 39 pages
Date of creation: 14 Feb 2013
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:uulswp:2013_003
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