Playing the Fertility Game at Work: An Equilibrium Model of Peer Effects

55 Pages Posted: 16 Apr 2013

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Federico Ciliberto

University of Virginia - Department of Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Amalia R. Miller

University of Virginia - Department of Economics

Helena Skyt Nielsen

Aarhus University - Department of Economics and Business; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Marianne Simonsen

Aarhus University - Department of Economics and Business

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Date Written: April 2013

Abstract

We study workplace peer effects in fertility decisions using a game theory model of strategic interactions among coworkers that allows for multiple equilibria. Using register-based data on fertile-aged women working in medium sized establishments in Denmark, we uncover negative average peer effects. Allowing for heterogeneous effects by worker type, we find that positive effects dominate across worker types defined by age or education. Negative effects dominate within age groups and among low-education types. Policy simulations show that these estimated effects make the distribution of where women work an important consideration, beyond simply if they work, in predicting population fertility.

Keywords: career-family conflict, Fertility, multiple equilibria, peer effects, workplace interactions

JEL Classification: C31, J13

Suggested Citation

Ciliberto, Federico and Miller, Amalia R. and Nielsen, Helena Skyt and Simonsen, Marianne, Playing the Fertility Game at Work: An Equilibrium Model of Peer Effects (April 2013). CEPR Discussion Paper No. DP9429. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2251710

Federico Ciliberto (Contact Author)

University of Virginia - Department of Economics ( email )

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Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) ( email )

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Amalia R. Miller

University of Virginia - Department of Economics ( email )

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Helena Skyt Nielsen

Aarhus University - Department of Economics and Business ( email )

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Aarhus, 8210
Denmark

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IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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Bonn, D-53072
Germany

Marianne Simonsen

Aarhus University - Department of Economics and Business ( email )

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DK-8000 Aarhus C
Denmark
+45 8942 1599 (Phone)

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