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The Family Gap in Wages: What Wombmates Reveal

Marianne Simonsen () and Lars Skipper ()
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Lars Skipper: KORA - Danish Institute for Local and Regional Government Research

No 4650, IZA Discussion Papers from Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)

Abstract: We shed new light on the effects of having children on hourly wages by exploiting access to data on the entire population of employed same-sex twins in Denmark. Our second contribution is the use of administrative data on absenteeism; the amount of hours off due to holidays and sickness. Our results suggest that childbearing reduces female hourly wages but the principal explanation is in fact mothers' higher levels of absence. We find a positive wage premium for fathers.

Keywords: twins; fertility; wages (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J13 J24 J31 J71 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 32 pages
Date: 2009-12
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Published in: Labour Economics, 2012, 19 (1), 102-112

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