Businesses, Buddies, and Babies: Fertility and Social Interactions at Work
Magne K. Asphjell (),
Lena Hensvik () and
J. Peter Nilsson ()
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Magne K. Asphjell: NHH
J. Peter Nilsson: Uppsala Center for Labor Studies, Postal: Department of Economics, Uppsala University, P.O. Box 513, SE-751 20 Uppsala, Sweden
No 2013:8, Working Paper Series, Center for Labor Studies from Uppsala University, Department of Economics
This paper examines how fertility decisions are transmitted within the workplace. Informed by a simple real options model of timing of investments under uncertainty, we show that recent births among co-workers affect women's subsequent childbearing using populationwide matched employer-employee panel data. We further documentthat the peer effect varies with the degree of similarity between coworkers, and that social infuences seems to be a more important mechanism behind the fertility peer effect than social learning in our context.
Keywords: Peer effects; social infuences; co-workers; real options (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J00 J13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 55 pages
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