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Businesses, Buddies, and Babies: Fertility and Social Interactions at Work

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  • Asphjell, Magne K.

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  • Hensvik, Lena

    () (Uppsala Center for Labor Studies)

  • Nilsson, J. Peter

    () (Uppsala Center for Labor Studies)

Abstract

This paper examines how fertility decisions are transmitted within the workplace. Informed by a simple real options model of timing of investments under uncertainty, we show that recent births among co-workers affect women's subsequent childbearing using populationwide matched employer-employee panel data. We further documentthat the peer effect varies with the degree of similarity between coworkers, and that social infuences seems to be a more important mechanism behind the fertility peer effect than social learning in our context.

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  • Asphjell, Magne K. & Hensvik, Lena & Nilsson, J. Peter, 2013. "Businesses, Buddies, and Babies: Fertility and Social Interactions at Work," Working Paper Series, Center for Labor Studies 2013:8, Uppsala University, Department of Economics.
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    Peer effects; social infuences; co-workers; real options;
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    • J00 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - General - - - General
    • J13 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Fertility; Family Planning; Child Care; Children; Youth

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