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The Effect of Fertility on the Decision of Abandoning the Labour Market: The Case of Spain

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  • Herrarte, Ainhoa

    () (Departamento de Análisis Económico (Teoría e Historia Económica). Universidad Autónoma de Madrid)

  • Moral Carcedo, Julian

    () (Departamento de Análisis Económico: Teoría e Historia Económica. Universidad Autónoma de Madrid)

  • Sáez, Felipe

    () (Departamento de Análisis Económico: Teoría e Historia Económica. Universidad Autónoma de Madrid)

Abstract

Taking into account the negative relationship between fertility and female labour participation due to the necessity of dedicating more time to childcare, in this paper we analyse, with a logit model and using microdata from the Spanish Labour Force Survey, the effect of having a newly born child on the woman’s decision to abandon the labour market, considering household characteristics and other economic variables which affect their labour participation decision. Our results show that having a newborn increases the woman’s probability of abandoning the labour market. We also find that this probability is reduced if there are any grandparents living in the household.

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  • Herrarte, Ainhoa & Moral Carcedo, Julian & Sáez, Felipe, 2007. "The Effect of Fertility on the Decision of Abandoning the Labour Market: The Case of Spain," Working Papers in Economic Theory 2007/11, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Spain), Department of Economic Analysis (Economic Theory and Economic History).
  • Handle: RePEc:uam:wpaper:200711
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    1. Alfonso Alba Ramírez & Gema Alvarez Llorente, 2004. "Actividad laboral de la mujer en torno al nacimiento de un hijo," Investigaciones Economicas, Fundación SEPI, vol. 28(3), pages 429-460, September.
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    Keywords

    female labour transitions to inactivity; female activity rates; fertility; household production; reconcile work and family;

    JEL classification:

    • J13 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Fertility; Family Planning; Child Care; Children; Youth
    • D13 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Household Production and Intrahouse Allocation

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