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Self-Employment among Women: Do Children Matter More Than We Previously Thought?

Anastasia Semykina ()

No wp2016_07_02, Working Papers from Department of Economics, Florida State University

Abstract: This paper presents an estimation approach that addresses the problems of sample selection and endogeneity of fertility decisions when estimating the effect of young children on women's self-employment. Using data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1979, 1982-2006, we find that ignoring self-selection and endogeneity leads to underestimating the effect of young children. Once both sources of biases are accounted for, the estimated effect of young children more than doubles when compared to uncorrected results. This finding is robust to the several changes in specification and to the use of a different data set.

Keywords: self-employment; fertility; endogeneity; sample selection (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J13 J22 C33 C34 C35 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2016-07
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