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Mothers, Peers and Gender Identity

Claudia Olivetti (), Eleonora Patacchini and Yves Zenou ()

No 904, Boston College Working Papers in Economics from Boston College Department of Economics

Abstract: We study whether a woman’s labor supply as a young adult is shaped by the work behavior of her adolescent peers’ mothers. Using detailed information on a sample of U.S. teenagers who are followed over time, we find that labor force participation of high school peers’ mothers affects adult women’s labor force participation, above and beyond the effect of their own mothers. The analysis suggests that women who were exposed to a larger number of working mothers during adolescence are less likely to feel that work interferes with family responsibilities. This perception, in turn, is important for whether they work when they have children.

Keywords: Role models; identity; female labor supply; peer effects; work-family conflict (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J22 Z13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2018-08-12
Note: Previously circulated as NBER WP 19610.
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Forthcoming, Journal of the European Economic Association

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