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Fecundidad y Oferta Laboral femenina en el Uruguay: Un Enfoque Económico


  • Juan Pablo Pagano

    () (Departamento de Economía, Facultad de Ciencias Sociales, Universidad de la República)

  • Natalia Rijo

    () (Universidad de la República, Uruguay.)

  • Maximo Rossi

    () (Departamento de Economía, Facultad de Ciencias Sociales, Universidad de la República)


In the present work we study the joint determinants of fertility and female labor supply decisions in Uruguayan households. Basing on data from the Survey on Family Situation and Social Performance (Encuesta sobre Situaciones Familiares y Desempeños Sociales en Montevideo y Área Metropolitana) of 2001, we estimate the joint probability of a woman being employed and having had a child in the two years preceding the survey, through a bivariate probit model. The results confirm the existence of endogeneity between both outcomes, suggesting the presence of unobservable that make those women more prone to be in the labor force, also less prone to giving birth to children in the period. After accounting for this phenomenon, the direction of the effect under study changes.

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  • Juan Pablo Pagano & Natalia Rijo & Maximo Rossi, 2009. "Fecundidad y Oferta Laboral femenina en el Uruguay: Un Enfoque Económico," Documentos de Trabajo (working papers) 2909, Department of Economics - dECON.
  • Handle: RePEc:ude:wpaper:2909

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    Fertility; Labor Supply; Endogeneity.;

    JEL classification:

    • D10 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - General
    • J13 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Fertility; Family Planning; Child Care; Children; Youth
    • J22 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Time Allocation and Labor Supply


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