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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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    (NHH)

  • Hensvik, Lena

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    (Uppsala Center for Labor Studies)

  • Nilsson, J. Peter

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    (Uppsala Center for Labor Studies)

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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Paper provided by Uppsala University, Department of Economics in its series Working Paper Series, Center for Labor Studies with number 2013:8.

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Length: 55 pages
Date of creation: 29 Jan 2013
Handle: RePEc:hhs:uulswp:2013_008
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