The Family Gap Reconsidered: What Wombmates Reveal

University of Aarhus Working Paper No. 2009-9

29 Pages Posted: 9 Jul 2009

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Marianne Simonsen

Aarhus University - Department of Economics and Business

Lars Skipper

Aarhus University - Department of Economics

Date Written: July 8, 2009

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 twins in Denmark. In addition we use 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 both when applying OLS on the entire population of Danes and when imposing twin fixed effects in the twin sample.

Keywords: Fertility, wages, twins

JEL Classification: J13, J24, J31, J71

Suggested Citation

Simonsen, Marianne and Skipper, Lars, The Family Gap Reconsidered: What Wombmates Reveal (July 8, 2009). University of Aarhus Working Paper No. 2009-9 . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1431366 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1431366

Marianne Simonsen (Contact Author)

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Lars Skipper

Aarhus University - Department of Economics ( email )

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DK-8000 Aarhus C
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+45 8613 6334 (Fax)

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