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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

No 7181, IZA Discussion Papers from Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)

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: income; quantile regression; gender gap; wages (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C21 D13 J21 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 41 pages
Date: 2013-01
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-dem, nep-lab, nep-lma and nep-ltv
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Forthcoming - forthcoming as 'Parenthood and the Gender Gap in Pay' in: Journal of Labor Economics, 2016, 34 (3)

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