The Family Peer Effect on Mothers' Labour Supply

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Cheti Nicoletti

University of York - Department of Economics and Related Studies

Kjell G. Salvanes

Norwegian School of Economics (NHH) - Department of Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Emma Tominey

University of Bristol - Leverhulme Centre for Market and Public Organisation (CMPO)

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Abstract

The documented historical rise in female labour force participation has flattened in recent decades, but the proportion of mothers working full-time has steadily increased. We provide the first empirical evidence that the increase in mothers' working hours is amplified through the influence of family peers. Using Norwegian administrative data we study the long-run influence of the family network on mothers' labour decisions up to seven years post birth. For identification, we exploit partially overlapping peer groups and assume that a mother interacts with her neighbours and family but not with her family's neighbours. We explore mechanisms including information and imitation.

Keywords: peer effects, family network, sibling spillover effects, cousins spillover effects, instrumental variable estimation

JEL Classification: D85, C21, C26

Suggested Citation

Nicoletti, Cheti and Salvanes, Kjell G. and Tominey, Emma, The Family Peer Effect on Mothers' Labour Supply. IZA Discussion Paper No. 9927. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2786011

Cheti Nicoletti (Contact Author)

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