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Is the persistent gender gap in income and wages due to unequal family responsibilities?

Nikolay Angelov (), Per Johansson () and Erica Lindahl ()
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Erica Lindahl: IFAU - Institute for Evaluation of Labour Market and Education Policy, Postal: P O Box 513, SE-751 20 Uppsala, Sweden

No 2013:3, Working Paper Series from IFAU - Institute for Evaluation of Labour Market and Education Policy

Abstract: We compare the income and wage trajectories of women in relation to their male partners before and after parenthood. Focusing on the within-couple gap allows us to control for both observed and unobserved attributes of the spouse and to estimate both short-and long-term effects of entering parenthood. Our main finding is that 15 years after the first child was born, the male-female gender gaps in income and wages have increased with 35 and 10 percentage points, respectively. In line with a collective labor supply model, the magnitude of these effects depends on relative incomes or wages within the family.

Keywords: Gender gap; quantile regression; wages (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C21 D13 J21 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 40 pages
Date: 2013-01-30
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Forthcoming as Angelov, Nikolay, Per Johansson and Erica Lindahl, 'Parenthood and the Gender Gap in Pay' in Journal of Labor Economics, 2015.

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