Parenthood and Productivity of Highly Skilled Labor: Evidence from the Groves of Academe

63 Pages Posted: 6 Mar 2014

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Matthias Krapf

University of Zurich

Heinrich W. Ursprung

University of Konstanz; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

Christian Zimmermann

Federal Reserve Bank of Saint Louis; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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Date Written: February 20, 2014

Abstract

We examine the effect of pregnancy and parenthood on the research productivity of academic economists. Combining the survey responses of nearly 10,000 economists with their publication records as documented in their RePEc accounts, we do not find that motherhood is associated with low research productivity. Nor do we find a statistically significant unconditional effect of a first child on research productivity. Conditional difference-in-differences estimates, however, suggest that the effect of parenthood on research productivity is negative for unmarried women and positive for untenured men. Moreover, becoming a mother before 30 years of age appears to have a detrimental effect on research productivity.

Keywords: fertility, research productivity, gender gap, life cycle

JEL Classification: J130, I230, J240

Suggested Citation

Krapf, Matthias and Ursprung, Heinrich and Zimmermann, Christian, Parenthood and Productivity of Highly Skilled Labor: Evidence from the Groves of Academe (February 20, 2014). CESifo Working Paper Series No. 4641. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2404924

Matthias Krapf

University of Zurich ( email )

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Heinrich Ursprung

University of Konstanz ( email )

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CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute) ( email )

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Christian Zimmermann (Contact Author)

Federal Reserve Bank of Saint Louis ( email )

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United States

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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Bonn, D-53072
Germany

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