Can Women Have Children and a Career? IV Evidence from IVF Treatments
Petter Lundborg (),
Erik Plug () and
Astrid Würtz Rasmussen
American Economic Review, 2017, vol. 107, issue 6, 1611-37
This paper introduces a new IV strategy based on IVF (in vitro fertilization) induced fertility variation among childless women to estimate the causal effect of having children on their career. For this purpose, we use administrative data on IVF treated women in Denmark. Because observed chances of IVF success do not depend on labor market histories, IVF treatment success provides a plausible instrument for childbearing. Our IV estimates indicate that fertility effects on earnings are: (i) negative, large, and long-lasting; (ii) driven by fertility effects on hourly earnings and not so much on labor supply; and (iii) much stronger at the extensive margin than at the intensive margin.
JEL-codes: D82 J13 J16 J22 J31 J32 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Note: DOI: 10.1257/aer.20141467
References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations View citations in EconPapers (7) Track citations by RSS feed
Downloads: (external link)
https://www.aeaweb.org/articles/attachments?retrie ... GbDEscOFU43e9QN9J8rF (application/zip)
https://www.aeaweb.org/articles/attachments?retrie ... StaMkoEYeq9cT_5nu1Mp (application/pdf)
https://www.aeaweb.org/articles/attachments?retrie ... cL7QD0_ynT6FrcDtXxvk (application/zip)
Access to full text is restricted to AEA members and institutional subscribers.
Working Paper: Can Women Have Children and a Career? IV Evidence from IVF Treatments (2018)
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.
Export reference: BibTeX
RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan)
Persistent link: https://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:aea:aecrev:v:107:y:2017:i:6:p:1611-37
Ordering information: This journal article can be ordered from
Access Statistics for this article
American Economic Review is currently edited by Esther Duflo
More articles in American Economic Review from American Economic Association Contact information at EDIRC.
Bibliographic data for series maintained by Michael P. Albert ().